Manchester United are renowned for their young talents, who go on to showcase their prowess on the big stage. Less than two years ago, Marcus Rashford did just that in his dream debuts across the Premier League and the Europa League. Prodigies from the club’s youth academy have always shown great promise.
However, it now appears that the antics of one such player haven’t boded well will Jose Mourinho. In a press conference, the United boss went on to reveal his disapproval of Andreas Pereira’s loan move to Valencia, due to the fact that the Brazilian featured in his plans for the season.
Mourinho revealed: “Andreas Pereira was a personal decision that I don’t agree with. A decision I don’t think honestly is the best decision for him, a decision that disappoints me, because I think he has the potential to be here fighting for a position, for opportunities, and fighting to be a Manchester United player.”
Pereira is believed to have made the choice so as to secure assured game time and develop his abilities with the Spanish side. Whilst the Portuguese boss is aware of it, he claimed that this decision could also hint at a reluctance to fight for a place at a club as big as Manchester United.
“I think his decision can be considered a young player who wants to play every weekend but can also be considered a decision by a young player that is not ready to fight for something difficult and it’s difficult to play in the Manchester United midfield,” Jose added.
Last season, the 21-year-old was loaned out to Granada, where he proved very impressive. The stint in the La Liga was what Mourinho had allegedly banked upon and sought to capitalize on in the season to come.
During the transfer window, the ex-Chelsea boss attempted to block any further loan move for the youngster, but it proved to be in vain, as Valencia were able to sign the player on deadline day.
However, this could prove to be a win-win situation for the club as well as the player. With the tremendous amount of fixtures awaiting the English giants, supporters will surely be treated to squad rotation and perhaps some young faces as well.
As for Pereira, if he is able to return to Old Trafford as a better player, then he shall surely look to seal his place and hunt for success with the Red Devils.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.