Andreas Pereira‘s absence from Manchester United’s match day which faced Cambridge United on Friday is unlikely to help on-going contract negotiations.
The 19-year-old rejected Man United’s initial contract offer this week and it can be safe to assume not being involved in the FA Cup squad won’t fill him with much confidence that he will get many first-team opportunities this season under Louis van Gaal.
However, Pereira should be delighted with the progress he has made over the last 12 months. Having made his senior debut, been included in a few first-team match day squads and having trained with the first-team all season, he’s made some fantastic progress under Van Gaal’s stewardship. If Ander Herrera is struggling to get any game time, Pereira can’t expect too much.
Van Gaal’s approach to the FA Cup has more than likely been shaped by the 4-0 humiliation at the hands of MK Dons in the Capital One Cup earlier this season, a game in which Pereira was given his senior debut. United put out a very youthful side and were torn to shreds by MK Dons. Had that result not happened, Van Gaal might be more inclined to play a more youthful side in the FA Cup.
Of course, Pereira rejecting a contract offer could be for financial reasons but that’s not something any 19-year-old midfielder breaking through into Man United’s first-team should be worrying about.
There’s still lots of time left this season for Man United and Pereira to reach an agreement and the Brazilian should take heart from how much opportunity Van Gaal has given teenagers this year because if Champions League football returns next year, there’ll be plenty more chances next year with the added fixtures.