Manchester United signed 16-year-old goalkeeper Joel Castro Pereira into the academy this summer following a successful trial with the club. Joining up with Paul McGuiness’ side, the Switzerland born goalkeeper has been settling well at the club.
Having represented Portugal’s U17s internationally, he he sat down and spoke to Maisefootball.iol about his time so far at Manchester United, as well as what the future will hold for the talented stopper.
Pereira speaks of the day when you had to pinch yourself. Once, twice, three times. “It was the same Alex Ferguson, right there beside me in the canteen of the club.”
On the club…
“It’s all fantastic. The training, the environment, the link between the professionals and the youth”
“It is at Old Trafford that want to be”
On his long-term ambitions…
“My goal is clear: to be number one in the future of Manchester United.
“I have to be ambitious. When I walk into Old Trafford realize it’s there I want to be.”
On how he was picked up by United…
“I was in goal during the selection against Italy U16s. It was in September 2011. A United scout was watching the game and in the end came to me. In March of 2012, I did a week of training experience and liked me.”
On Nani and Anderson…
“They’re both good people. I talk to him (Anderson) sometimes. It is important to have him here because we train every day at the same place and I hear good advice. But I speak more with Anderson.”
Pereira comes across as a very grounded, down-to-earth and humble person in the interview, which was translated from Portuguese. The next 18 months will be critical in the players development with United rumoured to be looking at a number of young keepers with Augsburg’s Dean Samaritino and Atletico Madrid’s David Gil reportedly on Manchester United’s radar.
With Sam Johnstone likely to go out on loan next season and Ben Amos’ future uncertain, opportunities could certainly arise for Pereira in the next year.