Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira will be sent out on loan this season.
The club’s Twitter handle confirmed as much today, although the tweet does not mention the destination for the 22-year-old.
Born in Switzerland, Pereira began his career in the youth ranks of local club Neuchâtel Xamax. He earned a move to Manchester United in 2012.
A member of the developmental squad that won the 2014-15 Development League, he signed a senior team contract in August 2015 in the wake of David De Gea’s seemingly imminent departure.
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While De Gea’s transfer hit a fax machine snag, that was sufficient to snuff out any hopes the youngster had of making a bid for first-team action. Sent out on loan to Rochdale for 6 months of the ’15-16 season, he failed to break into United’s top brass when he returned.
Another loan spell, this time to Primeira Liga club Belenenses, ensued. The youngster returned from it with only 8 appearances in the bag. In the year-and-a-half since, Pereira only has 3 senior team appearances thus far, with De Gea slotted solidly into the starting role.
The custodian still figures to have untapped potential, leading to Mourinho’s decision to send the Portuguese Under-21 international out on loan once more.
Hailing from the same country as the gaffer helps, but it would take a miracle of sorts for Joel to crack United’s squad even in the near future – what with Argentine international Sergio Romero deciding to stay on at the club.
United are not in a rebuilding mood, and finding minutes for the youngster would be detrimental to their lofty ambitions. Perhaps the future holds a better playing career for Joel Pereira, but it looks increasingly unlikely that the youngster will stay at the club for the long term.