Andreas Pereira has continued to work exceptionally hard during his loan spell at Granada ahead of the Spanish side’s game against Osasuna this weekend.
The Brazilian joined the Spanish side on loan back in August after failing to secure a place in Jose Mourinho’s first team over the summer.
He has made 16 appearances under manager Lucas Alcaraz, with his most recent outing coming during a 5-0 defeat to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
The 21-year-old posted a picture of himself working hard on social media, noting that “the work never stops.”
The work never stops!
O trabalho não para!
El trabajo no para! pic.twitter.com/JhJE4IqLyZ
— Andreas Pereira (@andrinhopereira) January 10, 2017
Granada have only claimed one win so far this season – a 2-1 win over Sevilla that was Pereira claim his only goal – and look destined for relegation. Such an experience would, on the face of it, be pretty galling for the Brazilian. His 90 minutes at the Bernabeu, for example, consisted almost entirely of chasing after shadows and moving the ball backwards.
That said, this is a new culture of football that Pereira had hitherto never experienced. Playing for a relegation threatened – or perhaps relegation doomed – side encourages notably different and ultimately vital traits: perseverance, an indefatigable physical and mental approach, a sense of grittiness. This is exactly what Pereira will gain from his time in Spain, and United fans will hope to see him return as a more rounded talent in the summer.