The Brazilian is capable of playing in a number of positions but has seen himself settle as a defensive midfielder under the Portuguese manager.
Pereira can play as a midfielder, attacking midfielder and on either flank as well and it was on the flanks where he played most during last season’s loan spell with Valencia.
Mourinho’s request for his player was perhaps based on Nemanja Matic‘s injury that was sustained during Serbia’s World Cup campaign.
The former Chelsea man has needed surgery to recover meaning the youngster has time to win his spot in the starting XI.
According to Manchester Evening News, Andreas said: “I always normally play in midfield but in Spain I was playing more on the left than on the right wing.
“Now that I’m back in midfield, the transition for me is normal because I’ve always been a midfielder, so it’s been quite easy for me.
“But, of course, I will play anywhere the manager wants. If he wants me to play in the midfield role, I’ll play there. If it’s on the wing, I’ll play on the wing.”
Pereira has definitely impressed in his new role, showing he’s a capable passer and good at intercepting the oppositions play.
His only weakness is how he’s still a little rash in his defending in terms of how he sometimes presses when he’s needed to hold his position instead.
It’s a weakness that can be weeded out of his game over time as he adjusts to his new position but overall he has been playing admirably.