Former Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has reflected on his desire to leave the club.
The Brazilian departed for two seasons on loan at Lazio and Flamengo respectively before completing a permanent move to Fulham on a four-year deal last summer.
Pereira spent 11 years at United and graduated from the youth ranks to the senior setup, but failed to cement his place in the team towards the closing stages of his time as a Red.
He has since played a key role for Fulham in their return to the top flight and could be in line to face United at Old Trafford this Sunday when the two clubs meet for an FA Cup quarter-final.
Pereira on United exit
Speaking to ESPN, Pereira opened up on his decision to leave the Red Devils.
“I didn’t speak with [Erik] Ten Hag [when leaving]. I know him, obviously. I worked with him in PSV as well, but I was determined in my head that if I would speak with the manager again, maybe I would get, I should stay or…
“So in my head I was like, ‘I need to go, I need to play somewhere else, feel comfortable, feel good. So that’s what I’m doing.”
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