And in turn, the Brazilian signed for Grenada on a season-long loan last month and recently made his debut for the Spanish side from the bench in a 5-1 loss to Las Palmas.
Speaking to Globo Esporte, Pereira made it clear that, despite leaving him out of the first team squad, Mourinho is keen to utilise the Brazilian midfielder at Man United.
“Mourinho told me that he likes my style of play a lot and that he liked what I did in pre-season,” he said.
“He wants to see how I play in Spain and then wants me to go back and play for him next season.”
Pereira has found himself placed in an awkward position at United over the past two years: far too good for the reserve side, and yet not quite able to pose a threat to established attacking options in the first-team.
In this sense, a loan spell at Grenada serves as a golden opportunity for the 20-year-old. La Liga, known for its emphasis on intelligence on the ball, provides a platform for Pereira to further refine his superb composure and skill. United fans, who have seen glimpses of Pereira’s brilliance, will hope that an extended run in Spain precipitates opportunities in the first team at Old Trafford.