Andreas Pereira has expressed a desire to assert himself on Manchester United’s first team next season.
The 21-year-old enjoyed an impressive loan spell with Granada last season, making 37 appearances in total, and has enjoyed a promising tour of the United States with the first team squad.
He was deployed as a defensive midfielder against LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake City but received the chance to display his worth at No.10 against Real Madrid.
And Pereira, speaking soon after Man United’s 1-0 defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday, was optimistic over breaching the the first team next season.
“For me it is going well,” he said.
“I am doing my best, I want to get into the team this season, I want to help my team and hopefully we can achieve a lot this season.”
We need to take a moment, I think, to appreciate the impact Pereira had in La Liga last season. He ranked fifth for most dribbles completed all season, finishing not too far behind Neymar and Lionel Messi, and created more chances (53) than any other Under 23 player in Spain.
And this was achieved not under the shiny lights of the Bernabeu, but rather with Granada – a side that has amazingly had four different managers in the dugout over the past year, managing just four wins all season.
We do not know whether this will translate into success in the Premier League, but the boy undoubtedly deserves a chance to impress.