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Andreas Pereira: Why my shirt just says ‘Andreas’

Andreas Pereira has explained in an interview with ManUtd.com why he opted to have the name ‘Andreas’ on the back of his shirt in 2018/19.

The versatile midfielder, who returned to the club after a loan spell with Valencia and is pushing for more game time in the first team after a bright start to the campaign, is similar to Alexis Sanchez in respect of the choice of name.

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Pereira’s performances at the beginning of the season saw him become a fully-fledged Brazil international, though Jose Mourinho has not selected him as often in recent weeks, a decision that usually leads to raised eyebrows.

The former PSV Eindhoven youth player has revealed that the reasoning is not keeping with the South American country’s tradition of often using a single name as is the case with Fred.

”It’s because a lot of players have Pereira,” he told MUTV. “My dad used to play with Pereira on the back and I wanted to change because, in Belgium, everyone knows I’m the son of my dad. The son of Pereira. I wanted to change that and start my own way and be Andreas on my own and be known as Andreas.”

Marcos Pereira, 43, played for Belgian clubs such as Sint-Truidense, Royal Antwerp and Lommel United.

 

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