Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira gives his opinion on Jose Mourinho as a manager and hopes to show him how much he has improved this year.
Pereira spent 3 years as part of the youth set-up at Old Trafford between 2011-2014 before breaking into the senior squad at the start of Louis Van Gaal’s reign as manager. The 22-year-old has made just 14 first team appearances for United since then, after being shipped off on loan for the last two years at Granada and Valencia respectively in Spain.
The Belgian born midfielder has played for both his native country and Brazil at international level with their youth teams and is regarded by many experts to be a talented footballer with a bright future in the game. Last year with Valencia in La Liga, Pereira impressed at the Mestalla and made over 20 appearances for the club, before returning to Manchester for pre-season duty this summer.
According to Sky Sports, the young playmaker went back out on loan going against the advice of Mourinho in 2017, but he insists that it hasn’t damaged his relationship with the Portuguese boss. Pereira featured prominently in United’s tour of the US and played in their opening game of the new Premier League season against Leicester City, impressing from the middle of the park in a 2-1 victory.
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The Red Devil’s star told Sky Sports in an interview on Thursday: “Mourinho is one of the best coaches in the world, and he tells you to stay, and if you go against it you’ve only got things to lose in your head really.
“We had a great year in Valencia, and I am a better player, and this season he has a better Andreas than he could have had last year.
“He hasn’t told me [that I have improved], but I think he will see this in games. I have a very good relationship with him, he is very good with me, very honest.”
Pereira could feature again in United’s next game against Brighton away on Sunday and he will surely hope to build on his good start this year with another strong display to earn a regular spot in Mourinho’s starting XI.