After being shipped out on loan for the past two campaigns, Andreas Pereira has laid down the marker for a starting berth against Leicester City for the upcoming Premier League season.
Despite the Red Devils winning just one of their five games on tour in America inside 90 minutes, Pereira has been a shining light this preseason, and there are calls for Mourinho to start the Brazilian against Leicester next weekend.
Pereira completed the most passes, with 239; the equal most tackles won, with 10; and the second-most key passes, with six, prior to United’s 2-1 win over Real Madrid to round off their preparation.
His case for cementing a starting position against Leicester is boosted by the absence of Nemanja Matic, who will miss the start of the campaign due to having surgery.
He started all three of United’s International Champions Cup matches, which included a stunning free kick against English rivals Liverpool.
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Pereira’s talent has been recognised ever since the youngster signed with the club’s academy at 16.
Having spent the last two seasons on loan in Spain with Granada and Valencia respectively, it finally seems the young star will be given a chance by Jose Mourinho.
The former PSV Eindhoven product earnt praise from his manager Mourinho, who has dominated preseason headlines for all the wrong reasons. Mourinho has made it a theme this preseason by complaining about player availability, World Cup stars on holiday and the playing group that was at his disposal for the tour.
It stresses the issue that United have already fallen behind the other big English sides without the season even kicking off.
Manchester United will host Leicester City on 10 August in the league’s first match of the new campaign.
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