Manchester United’s Joel Pereira continues to struggle while out on loan.
For all their problems, Manchester United have been practically flawless when it comes to selecting their goalkeepers.
From David de Gea who was the best in the business, to Sergio Romero, the best backup we’ve ever had. Now, we have Dean Henderson. The Englishman has shown his brilliance on more than one occasion during his debut season at the Theatre of Dreams.
Now I say practically flawless because of Joel Pereira. The Portuguese, who looked like he had a real bright future at one point, has been seriously struggling over the last couple of years.
In 2019/20, Pereira was part of a Hearts side who’d be relegated from the Scottish Premier League. I’m sad to report it hasn’t gotten any better for him this term.
He’s plying his trade for Huddersfield Town in the Championship, backing up Ryan Schofield. The 24-year-old has featured just twice for The Terriers, though the United goalie has conceded eleven goals in those matches.
First, he’d ship four during a 4-3 loss to Stoke City, then, last night, Pereira would concede seven times to Norwich City, as Huddersfield lost 7-0…
Now I know that football is a team game, but I’d just like to see more quality from Pereira. I get it, it’s tough constantly playing out on loan as there’s no consistency, while playing only a couple of games makes it all the harder.
However, these struggles, coupled with United’s current crop of goalkeepers playing at an incredibly-high level means the writing is practically on the wall for Pereira. Factor in a winding down contract (his deal expires at the end of next season) and it looks like there’s no way back.
It’s just a shame as Jose Mourinho predicted big things for Pereira way back when. Now, aged 24, he just hasn’t developed as much as United would have hoped. Sometimes that happens – though I don’t doubt United will be more than willing to help him find a new permanent club either this summer or the next.
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