Why Mourinho’s dismissal is good for this youngster


Mourinho’s sack will come as good news to some players at the Theater of Dreams and one of them is Brazilian midfielder Andreas Pereira.

The 22-year-old joined the Red Devils from PSV Eindhoven in 2012 but has failed in his bid to become one of the regular players at Old Trafford.

Two years after his widely celebrated switch to Old Trafford, the young attacking midfielder has featured in just nine matches, a stat too low for a player of his qualities.

In 2016-17 season, Pereira was loaned to Spanish side Granada so as to develop his game. He played 35 matches with the team, scoring five goals in the process.

Though his goal ratio wasn’t as impressive as expected, his shooting abilities, dribbling skills and the defensive part of his game all improved.

With his performance for the team, many United supporters called on Mourinho to integrate him into his team in the 2017-18 season.

Despite fans constant call on the Portuguese manager to involve the youngster in his plans for last season, the former Real Madrid boss decided to loan him out for the second consecutive season.

This time, Pereira was sent to Valencia to learn more about the game. In the 23 matches he played for the La Liga giants, the Brazilian recorded just a goal to his name.

His form wasn’t as awesome as many predicted, no thanks to injuries and lost of confidence during his stay with the Spanish side.

After a successful pre-season tour with Mourinho’s team in July, the versatile youngster was retained by Mourinho prior to the start of the campaign.

It appeared the Portuguese tactician is finally convinced of his qualities and abilities during the pre-season tour, but that wasn’t the case as he sparingly used the youngster before his dismissal.

Pereira appeared in only four matches under Mourinho this season and it looks like he’s going to be loaned out to another club for the rest of the season, supposing the Portuguese would be in charge of the club during the winter window.

Pereira has been given another opportunity to lay claim for a place in the team’s starting lineup and he must show the upcoming manager the stuff he’s made of in training.

You don’t have this opportunity on a frequent basis, hence, the Brazilian must create a good first-and-lasting impression on United’s incoming manager in training sessions.

He must be ready to create scoring opportunities and make tackles, indeed, he must improve every aspect of his game on the training ground.

As much as It could be very difficult for the interim manager to choose Pereira ahead of Pogba, Matic or Fred, the Brazilian must make it too hard for the manager to drop him out of his starting XI.

He must impress in every minute he gets on the field of play as that will go a long way to help bring his career back on track as soon as possible.

As for Fred and Pogba, it’s certain both players will benefit from the board’s decision to terminate the Mourinho’s contract.

They are definitely going to be integrated back into the first eleven by the next manager.


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