Think pre-season is a waste of time? Try telling that to Man United’s Andreas Pereira.
The Belgium-born midfielder spent last season at Granada under the tutelage of Tony Adams, a million miles away from United’s first-team.
But, after his performances during United’s pre-season tour, he’s set to be included in Jose Mourinho’s Premier League and Champions League squads next season, according to the Duncan Castles.
Pereira played in all five of United’s games over in America including a win against Man City and a draw against Real Madrid.
The 21-year-old will now be a permanent member of United’s first-team squad having been at the club since 2011.
He started his career at Belgian minnows Lommel United before being picked up by Dutch side PSV Eindhoven as a nine-year-old.
The Brazil Under-23 international’s United career got off to an awful start when Louis van Gaal handed him a debut in the 4-0 loss to MK Dons in 2014.
Further first-team appearances followed in the 2015/16 season before Mourinho sent him out to La Liga to play for Granada on loan.
While Granada’s season ended in relegation Pereira impressed, making 34 league starts and scoring five goals.
Is it a coincidence that his breakthrough at United followed a season under Adams? We think not.
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