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Andreas Pereira better equipped for life at Old Trafford

Monday 13th March 2017
Time and again we see young talent loaned from the top clubs in a bid to give them the game time they crave and with the hope it will prepare them for the big stage. One such player who is hoping this rings true is Manchester United's, Andreas Pereira.

The attacking midfielder was loaned to Spanish side Granada for the season with the view that the exposure to first team football will give him the tools necessary to be part of Jose Mourinho's squad in the near future. Naturally, this is the intention every time a young player is loaned but the Brazilian under-21 international seems to be benefiting from his time in La Liga. There's a growing feeling that he can return to Old Trafford and kick start his United career.

Granada have been one of the leagues struggling sides this season and currently sit within the relegation zone. Despite their misfortune, Pereira has proved to be a shining light and has progressed well as the season has gone on. With four goals to his name so far and a string of impressive performances, he has let his football do the talking and certainly put a thought firmly in the mind of his manager back in England. It was reported last year that both Mourinho and Pereira agreed together that a loan move was the correct option for both parties and the 21-year-old has seen this opportunity as his chance to show how good he can be.

To date Pereira has been an exciting prospect, with a typical Brazilian flair and a number of youth level performances that have caught the eye. The most notable of these would be his fantastic goal in the U-20 World Cup final back in 2015. The youngster embarks on a mazy solo run before finding the bottom corner with a well crafted finish on his right foot. A decent feather to have in your cap for sure, with this at the time being the biggest test in his career, undoubtedly. He has since scored for Manchester United in the League Cup with a splendid free-kick, further exciting the United fans and leaving them ever hopeful that his talent will be seen more regularly in the near future.
With this being the case it bodes well that his loan spell has been very fruitful indeed. This is apparent not only from the visibility of performances but also how the player himself has reacted to his first team exposure. Recently he has voiced how the loan spell has made him more confident, stronger and better equipped for life in the Premier League. More importantly so for a player looking to gain merit under the management of Mourinho is that Pereira has learnt more about defending within his spell at Granada, naturally so for a team that is on the back foot so often.

“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." A quote from The Manchester Evening News' latest article on Pereira.

Such quotes will bode well for the young man if he is looking to play under Mourinho, as has been proved with how Mkhitaryan as had to adapt this season to win over his manager.

The future of Andreas Pereira is certainly not cemented in any way, whether it be at Old Trafford or perhaps elsewhere permanently or another loan move who knows as of yet. One thing is for sure, though, the talented young man is doing everything within his power to show his manager that he will be ready to fight for his place next season if he were to be made part of the squad.
Ryan Stewart

23 years old, Sport Journalism graduate living in Salford. Work in web content in Media city and always looking to break in to sports writing. Manchester United season ticket holder.

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