The 2015/16 season under Louis van Gaal was largely one to forget for Andreas Pereira, which is an incredibly strange thing to say given he made his senior debut and scored his first ever goal for Manchester United.
However, the excitement and elation of that debut was largely replaced by an overwhelming sense of frustration for both Pereira and Man United fans. For reasons unknown, although reported to be regarding showboating in U21s games with Adnan Januzaj, van Gaal froze Pereira out of first-team action for effectively the last third of the season.
Despite that, Pereira continued to work hard and now van Gaal has been replaced by Jose Mourinho, he’s got a fresh start at United and one which he’ll be relishing.
On my way to Manchester! Vacation is over and I am looking forward to the next season. pic.twitter.com/CmCKSzta2s
— Andreas Pereira (@andrinhopereira) July 2, 2016
For Pereira and every player, the hard work starts now because there is a clean slate under Mourinho. Everybody’s got the opportunity to force their way into Jose’s plans and Pereira certainly has his work cut out.
There is going to be so much competition for Pereira and his preferred No.10 role – Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are three established, top class players who’ll all be vying for that spot and Mourinho’s penchant for experienced players makes Pereira’s challenge that little bit tougher.
I’ve got every belief that Pereira can put up a good challenge. Over the last 24 months he’s developed substantially in terms of his maturity as a player but now it’s up to him to show he deserves plenty of game time next season. There will be enough games but it’s whether he can show Mourinho enough in training.
Now he’s back in Manchester he can begin working on his fitness ahead of the pre-season tour and who knows, maybe we’ll see Pereira break through in the same fashion Marcus Rashford did last year.