Andreas Pereira told that he still has a future at Manchester United
The Brazilian joined the Red Devils in 2012 and promised much during an impressive spell in the reserves. He however failed to translate the same performances to the senior level and struggled to establish himself as a Red Devils first-teamer.
Pereira has so far made 75 appearances for Man United, scoring four goals and assisting five more. It represents an abject return from a player who promised much. This has seen the club loan the Brazilian out for the last two seasons.
Now 26, Pereira is at a pivotal juncture in his career. He impressed on loan at Flamenco and appeared set to move to the Brazilian giants permanently. The deal, however, appears to be falling apart and Pereira looks likely to return to Old Trafford.
The Theatre of Dreams could prove to be more than a temporary pitstop if Erik ten Hag decides to keep the player on. The Dutchman is set to take over from Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season and will be privy to a squad overhaul in the summer.
Rather than throw him in at the far end, the Dutchman’s aim will be to squeeze as much value as he can from the Brazilian. A plethora of players will leave Man United for free this summer, costing the club millions in transfer fees.
Pereira has one year left on his deal, enough time for Man United to sell him for a decent price. This could then be reinvested into the Red Devils squad.
ten Hag will be aware of Pereira’s potential having seen him develop first-hand. The incumbent Man United boss was an assistant at PSV Eindhoven where Pereira was setting the stage alight with his performances.
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While expecting the Brazilian to turn into a world-beater is a far shot, there could be something in him that the club can extract. Whether that be performances on the field or an acceptable transfer fee remains to be seen.
But surely it would be far-fetched to expect him to become a first-team regular straightaway. Perhaps ten Hag sees something in him that many others don’t.