Andreas Pereira was handed a new role in midfield at the beginning of the season by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
After returning from a season-long loan in Spain with Valencia, Pereira was tasked with playing in a holding midfield position with Nemanja Matic returning slightly late for the 2018/19 season after playing in the World Cup with Serbia.
This was a test for Pereira and it saw him earn a call-up to the Brazil national squad after playing United’s first two matches of the new campaign in August.
However, since then game time has been non-existent for the midfielder, merely suggesting that he did not pass the test put in place by his manager.
Pereira’s contract at Old Trafford expires at the end of the season, though Yahoo Esportes journalist Jorge Nicola doesn’t believe renewing his deal is a priority right now.
The piece suggests Pereira has explained to friends that he dreams of representing Brazil at the 2022 World Cup, while claiming the player ‘understands that he needs to be on a team where he can play frequently,’ as translated by Sport Witness.
Meanwhile, sources have explained to Stretty News that Pereira does not have a future at United as long as Mourinho remains in charge. The manager wasn’t entirely convinced by the player’s decision to pack up and go out on loan a year ago rather than fight for his place at United, as per The Independent, and SN was reliably told at the time that he took the advice of his father, Marcos Antonio Pereira, instead.
It doesn’t sound like Mourinho will change his tune any time soon, which opens up the opportunity for Pereira to find a new club as early as January.