Manchester United are a club draped in rich history and traditions, and that is a mantra that Jose Mourinho is intent on continuing. The Red Devils have been a mixed bag this term, but you get the feeling we’re heading in the right direction under the self-proclaimed Special One.
One player who is hoping to earn his place into the Manchester United squad next season is Andreas Pereira, and it’s definitely fair to say the talented little Brazilian is having a real positive impact whilst out on loan with Granada.
The 21-year-old has broke into their starting eleven out in the Spanish top flight, and all credit to him. Alright, his side may not be the best and they currently sit in the relegation zone, but the loan spell will be doing him the world of good.
He has been speaking to the media about his move, and admitted that it perhaps isn’t the level he wants to be playing at – but he’s progressing as a footballer all the time.
A worry is what he says in his final sentence. In my opinion, Pereira has definitely hinted at a permanent departure from the club if Jose Mourinho decides to send him out on loan next season. Obviously, that’d be gutting as he is a top talent.
“When I came, I told myself: it’s not Manchester United. It’s a good club, a good league, but not the best in the world. At PSV we were always attacking and at United we always wanted the ball, then I came here and we’re defending. It’s hard to adapt, but it is good for me: I learnt a lot,” he is quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News.
“I couldn’t defend at all. Now I’m a lot better. It’s a mental process and I would never have had this in Manchester. I know what it is now to have difficult games in a relegation team. I know what it is to have pressure for 80 minutes and then maybe in one counterattack need to score. Normally, it is the other way around at United.”
“I have thought about it.”
“I would love to go back and play at Old Trafford, but if they say: ‘Andreas, we would like to loan you out again,’ or ‘we don’t want you any more,’ I don’t know what I am going to do. But the focus now is Granada.”
I guess for now, the key for him is to keep working hard for his current club. Jose and his coaching staff will be taking notes on his ability, and he should well get his chance whilst on pre-season tour over the summer – I think he’s good enough to take that chance.