Andreas Pereira keen to breach Manchester United’s first team this season

by Leo Nieboer

Andreas Pereira has made it clear that he does not want another loan move this season, expressing an ambition to breach Manchester United’s first team instead.

The Brazilian joined Spanish side Granada last summer and, in spite of suffering relegation, notably developed his game over the season, making 37 appearances in all competitions.

He returned in May and joined Man United’s pre-season tour, during which he has featured as a central midfielder and impressed with his tenacity.

And Pereira, when asked if he would consider another loan move, has made it clear that he aims to fight for a place in the first team next season.

“No, now I am focused at United. I am here and I want to stay here and I believe I am going to stay,” he said.

“He knows he is a good manager. He knows how to do things, he knows how to speak with players he knows how to treat the team

“He always gets the results and always win trophies. I think if you want to be the best manager in the world, you have to win trophies and that’s what he does.

“I was very happy (last season), I watched every game. The last game I even came to watch, the last Premier League game.

“I was very excited and, yeah, of course it is nice when United is winning back things and trophies. Hopefully we can kick on and win more trophies.”

Pereira was, at least to me, a leading figure of interest heading into pre-season. His transformation at Granada was monumental, amplified by the fact that it happened during a campaign of relative misery.

But he has not yet received an opportunity to fully demonstrate what he can offer in the United States. Last season saw the 21-year-old manage fifth spot in the La Liga rankings for most completed take-ons, finishing just behind Lionel Messi and Neymar, which serves as a potent illustration of the damage he can inflict from No.10 or out side.

And yet, with competition in those roles fierce, Pereria has been consigned to playing as a defensive midfielder. And he hasn’t done bad at all. But you can’t help but feel as if the Brazilian deserves a chance to impress further forward.

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