Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Andreas Pereira is on the verge of completing a switch to Granada on a season-long loan.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 26, 2016
Pereira has been told by Mourinho that he has a big future at the club, but would not get much game time this season. Hence, United have decided to let the 20-year-old leave the club on a short term basis in order to get some crucial experience of playing first team football, as he would not profit from sitting on the bench.
“I love Andreas Pereira as a player and I would love to have him in my squad,” said Mourinho at Friday’s press conference. “But he will go to Granada.”
The club rates Pereira very highly, and believes he could go on to become one of the best players in the world some day.
However, the youngster would have to compete with the likes of Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Michael Carrick, Jesse Lingard and Ander Herrera for a place in the team at the moment. As a result, the United have decided to let him leave to La Liga side Granada to experience first team football at the highest level of the game.
Pereira will become the 13th player to have departed the club since the arrival of Jose Mourinho – the 4th to leave Old Trafford this week alone, following the departures of Tyler Blackett to Reading on a permanent transfer, and James Wilson and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson on season-long loans to Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively.
Pereira has made 14 appearances for United’s first team, and has scored one goal. He was given the chance to impress by former United manager Louis van Gaal. However, Pereira was never really trusted by the Dutchman, who preferred safe, risk free football over the creativity and skill that the Brazilian offers.
However, Mourinho is keen to keep him at the club and may have a big role for him to play next season.