Manchester United have been built and made famous largely by their youth prodigies shining week in and week out on the pitch. The likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are fine indications of this.
Over the years, however, supporters have feared about the diminishing nature of this trend at Old Trafford, with big money signings constantly securing the positions traditionally offered to a youth academy product.
However, Jose Mourinho’s blocking of youth forward Andreas Pereira’s loan move to Valencia seems to indicate otherwise. Reports in Marca suggest that the 21-year-old’s intended season-loan long to the Spanish side will not occur, as the technical squad of the Mancunian club has refused to give it the thumbs up.
Pereira isn’t a stranger to the La Liga, having spent the last season on loan at Granada. During his stint, he showcased impressive ability up front. This might be a reason for the Portuguese boss to keep him in the United squad this season.
He had featured in the Red Devils’ pre-season squad in America, but was missing from their UEFA Super Cup defeat as well as from the squads that were selected for both the Premier League matches so far.
Moreover, it seems that Mourinho is open to a loan move to a club within the Premier League, but has issues with the Brazilian international moving to Valencia. The Spanish side has been eager to sign him for the better part of the summer, and it is understood that a loan deal was earlier confirmed.
Furthermore, having had a breakthrough year in Spain, Pereira won’t be eager to spend a majority of the upcoming season in the stands. The host of fixtures awaiting the club after the upcoming international break might also be an influence on Mourinho’s decision.
Having already reached the age of 21, the forward, who has also made appearances for the Belgian national youth team, is at the point in his career where he is hungry for game time and eager to develop his skill set. A loan move would brilliantly facilitate just that.
With the transfer window looming to a close, it remains to be seen what the Special One has in mind.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.