Andreas Pereira has started his season-long loan move at La Liga side Valencia CF in good fashion, assisting in his second game for the club.
The Manchester United attacking midfielder joined the Spanish team late on transfer deadline day, shocking fans who had expected the Brazilian to stay. José Mourinho had also wanted Pereira to stay at the club.
Yet he pushed for a move to gain more playing time, and has started both games since his arrival.
Valencia boss Marcelino started Pereira on the left-wing on Saturday morning as Pereira set up the opening goal in a 1-1 draw at the Mestalla.
After half an hour of action, Pereira’s superb cross from the left was met by Rodrigo.
He was substituted after 60 minutes as he continues to build his match fitness having not played for United since the start of the season.
Pereira enjoyed personal success in La Liga last season when playing for relegated side Granada CF. While his team were certainly far from impressive, Pereira was often the best player on the pitch.
If he can replicate the work ethic and attitude demonstrated at Granada, along with his unquestionable talent, he’ll come back to Old Trafford next season with a real chance of breaching the first team.
Despite being a well-known name and talent, Pereira has made just 13 appearances for the club. Of course, this is his second loan move, but it will likely be his last before he either becomes a first team player or leaves for pastures new.