22-year-old winger confident of Man Utd return despite Jose Mourinho snub: report

Andreas Pereira

Manchester United winger Andreas Pereira believes he can still have a future at the club, despite defying Jose Mourinho’s wishes to go out on loan in the summer, reports the Guardian.

The 22-year-old, who joined United from PSV Eindhoven in 2012, sought a loan move away from Old Trafford ahead of the new season, citing a lack of playing time as the reason. Mourinho was keen to keep him at the club for the sake of his development, but Pereira still left for Valencia for 12 months.

And despite such betrayal of his manager’s wishes, the Belgium-born Brazilian u23 international believes he still has a future in Manchester. He said: “It is difficult. (Mourinho) told me I had to stay but I wanted to play and get more minutes.

 “He wanted me to stay there and it was important (to him), but I needed to do this. This was important for me and my career. And I’m sure if it works out, next year I will be back there and it will be better for both of us.

 “In the end, I think he is happy because he is a very honest coach. I was talking to him right up to the very last minute when I came here.”

 Pereira joined Valencia on a season-long loan in June, and has gone on to make 23 appearances in all competitions – 10 more than he’s made for the United first-team. His contract with the Red Devils only has 18 months to run, so he’ll need to impress in Spain to prove he’s worth a new deal in England.

The stiff competition in attack doesn’t help his chances of playing time, however, with Alexis Sanchez recently joined Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford, but time will tell.

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