Andreas Pereira has been given a second chance of life at Manchester United by Jose Mourinho, in a key campaign for the Brazilian youngster
It is fair to say that Brazilian footballers have not achieved eye-catching success during their spells with English giants Manchester United. Kleberson and Bebe hardly set the world alight. However, one youngster who will be looking to improve this tarnished image, is Andreas Pereira, who is set to remain at Old Trafford in the campaign to come, following a successful loan-spell in Spain.
However, there are risks involved in staying in England. Pereira has already wasted the opportunity of winning Olympic gold on home soil last year in Rio de Janeiro. The Brazilian was having a hard time getting a game under the command of Louis van Gaal and wanted to leave United in the January transfer window, in the hope of acquiring rhythm ahead of the summer tournament.
However, the Dutch tactician had other ideas in mind and convinced the U-23 international to stay. Eventually, Andreas would be a bench-warmer for the rest of the season, and missed the chance to go to Rio, with Neymar et al. Will José Mourinho prove-out to be van Gaal 2.0, and break all the promises made?
The 21-year old has so far impressed in the pre-season friendlies in USA, taking advantage of second-half cameo performances against Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake, where he occupied a deep role, operating as a typical ‘regista’. Whereas in the derby against Manchester City, the Brazilian found himself in a more advanced position, in a game where Mourinho obviously had bigger intentions to win – which leads us to the important question. Will Pereira really be used in the Carrick role, where United do lack depth and require a player, or does José intend to use him as an attacking midfielder, where the squad has an excess of options?
Mourinho is a born-winner, and to win, he would be ready to sacrifice anyone and anything. However, Andreas has done enough to display his versatility throughout the past 12 months. Be it on the left flank as wide play-maker, or in central midfield from deep lying play-maker to a typical classical 10, Pereira’s tactical flexibility would help his case and raise his chances of getting the nod, in a season where United will be fighting on more than one competition: the English Premier League, the Capital One Cup, the FA Cup and the Champions League.
Every Brazilian dreams of playing the World Cup, and Pereira is no different. Smooth, agile and a hard-worker, the rising star has a very diverse skill-set to add to his passing-range and ability to retain the ball under pressure. In terms of quality, he has every bit of raw talent to break into the Seleção’s midfield and book himself a ticket to Russia. But for that to happen, he would to pull need a remarkable season in England and win Mourinho’s trust.