Andreas Pereira Wants First-Team Football Under Mourinho Next Season

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Andreas Pereira thinks his loan stint at Granada has prepared him to be at Manchester United next season.

Pereira has been enjoying an impressive time in Spain since joining from Manchester United on loan back in the summer. The highly talented playmaker has notched four goals from 24 appearances for the relegation-stricken team so far this term.

His chances of a bright future at Old Trafford have been boosted following his consistent displays in La Liga.

The 21-year-old admitted last month he has been in regular contract with Jose Mourinho eyeing a summer return.

The Brazilian youngster made 11 appearances under Louis van Gaal in 2015/16 campaign, but after speaking with Jose Mourinho in the summer decided to spend the current campaign on loan to gain more experience.


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And Pereira has now revealed how the loan spell at Granada is making him ready for a crack at the United first team next season.

“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,” he told The Guardian.

“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.


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“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 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 anymore,’ I don’t know what I am going to do. But the focus now is Granada.”

 

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