Andreas Pereira has expressed his delight following his reunification with the Manchester United first team during their pre-season tour of the United States.
And Pereira, speaking to the club’s official website, was notably enthusiastic ahead of what could be a groundbreaking month in his United career.
“I am very happy that I am back, and I can be part of this team,” he said. “I will try to do my best to stay here, get an important role for the season, to help my teammates and to impress the manager.”
The most important thing to take away from Pereira’s season in La Liga is not that he consolidated what he was already good at, but rather that he developed new characteristics to his game. He was deployed as a winger, No.10 and even as a central midfielder, picking up a heightened sense of awareness on the ball, utterly composed in possession.
Crucially, he learned about losing. Granada lost 26 of their 38 league games last year, ending up with a goal difference of minus 52. Amid the rubble of set-back, a hardened, more assertive aspect to his game started to emerge, and supporters will just hope he can kick on alongside United’s elite over the next month or so.