Andreas Pereira produced another accomplished performance whilst on loan at Valencia against Espanyol on Sunday.
The 21-year-old, who moved to the Mestalla on deadline day back in September, was rewarded with a place in the starting XI over Carlos Soler after claiming an assist from the bench against Leganes last time out.
And he once again impressed out wide, keeping full-back Martin Caricol on tenterhooks all game with some neat footwork and clever link up play as Geoffrey Kondogbia’s goal handed Valencia their eighth successive victory.
Pereira only made two starts over October and will hope he can retain his place in Marcelino’s starting XI for next weekend’s crucial clash at home with Barcelona, who sit four points ahead of Valencia at the top of La Liga.
The sudden injection of life into a club that, for some time, had found itself plunged into despair has surprised everyone, and you can understand why the Brazilian, speaking in a recent interview, seemed to suggest that he was happy at Valencia.
United have the power to activate a clause in Pereira’s contract which enables them to call him back in January, but you sense the youngster would be extremely reluctant to leave behind what is fast becoming one of the stories of the season so far.