Andreas Pereira has admitted that he was disappointed at Louis van Gaal’s failure to stay true to his promise of giving the youngster more game time last season.
Pereira made only 14 appearances under Louis van Gaal last season, and managed to score from a free-kick on his debut for United against Ipswich Town in the Capital One Cup.
He was supposed to leave the club on loan at the start of the last season, but van Gaal stood in the way of a move for the Brazilian, promising that he would have an important role to play in the first team.
However, that didn’t happen, and Pereira was left to sit on the bench for most of the season.
“Of course I was disappointed (last season). I wanted to play,” he said.
“Every player wants to play and I was disappointed I couldn’t play more minutes. I trusted the manager and it didn’t happen as I wanted it to but that’s life and I’ll learn from that as well.”
Van Gaal got sacked at the end of last season due to failure to qualify for the Champions League and his dismissal was met with glee from United fans, who grew frustrated with the type of football being played under the Dutchman.
Pereira is a player who loves to play in between the lines and find and create space and chances. However, van Gaal was against risk taking, and preferred to play conservative football. This led to Pereira falling out of favour at Old Trafford.
However, Jose Mourinho was appointed in the summer, and assured Pereira that he has a big future at the club. He has allowed the youngster to go on loan to Granada this season, as he would find it hard to find minutes with United’s first team due to the overload of midfielders at the club.
However, Pereira admires honesty and praised Mourinho’s arrival, saying it has brought the feel-good factor back to the club.
“Now it’s different. I spoke with Mourinho and he was honest with me and that’s what I like,” said the Brazil international.
“Maybe he (Van Gaal) was honest with me, but during the season a lot of things happened.
“I couldn’t say he’s a bad coach. I think he’s a very good coach, but unfortunately he couldn’t keep his word to me about that.
“I didn’t play but hopefully I can play now here (at Granada) and I can have a good season.
“I think a lot of things changed and a lot of people changed,” he added. “People are more happy and more relaxed. It’s just a different atmosphere.”