Manchester United’s tour has been pretty shoddy thus far. The Red Devils have put in some rather uninspiring performances to date, but the emergence of youngsters has, once again, been the pre-season highlight.
Probably the best success story over the last fortnight has been Andreas Pereira. The young Belgium-born-Brazilian has totally changed his game under the self-proclaimed Special One.
The 22-year-old started his career as an out-and-out winger, but at United, he’s been playing in the #6 role to great effect. Now, Pereira has spoken out, claiming that it’s now his best spot on the field; while thanking his manager for keeping the faith in him.
‘My best position now is as a number six,’ Pereira told The National. ‘Mr Mourinho put me there and he can see things that others can’t see.’
‘I’m happy as a six and will continue trying my best there.’
‘Jose Mourinho was always in touch and sending me messages.
‘It was nice that he kept in touch with me and showed that he had faith in me. I want to repay that faith. ‘I think I can make the step now to play every week at Manchester United.’
For Pereira, it’s now or never. If he cannot break through over the next season, after spending two campaigns out on loan, we’ll likely see him shipped on permanently in twelve months time.
Fortunately for him, he’s changed his position into one where United need more help. I’m fully expecting the 22-year-old to be in the first-team squad week-in-week-out, heck, he deserves it after some great tour displays.
Pereira brings something different to the table. Mourinho will see that. The pair seemingly trust each other. It’s the perfect recipe. Nobody is expecting him to start every single game, but if he’s in and around the team, everybody wins.