Footage of Louis Van Gaal leaving Carrington for the final time brought a smile back to the vast majority of the Manchester United faithful, safe in the in knowledge that the Dutchman’s reign at Old Trafford was well and truly over. Still, few of his former employees would have had a smile on their face as wide as Andreas Pereira.
Under Van Gaal, Pereira failed to be given a proper run in the first team, with the youngster more often than not finding himself involved with the Under 21’s. This lack of first team football led to speculation that the 20 year old was seeking a move away from the Theatre of Dreams, and in many respects, you could understand why. However, the arrival of Jose Mourinho could be exactly what Pereira needs.
Let’s be honest: with Pereira, we aren’t just talking about a player who can go on to become a good all round footballer; we are talking about a player who could potentially go on and become a Ballon D’or Winner. The hype and anticipation surrounding the star is much similar to the days of a certain Paul Pogba, and we all know how that panned out.
Mourinho is no fool, and will be fully aware of Pereira’s potential. The fact he is only 20 years old and has little first team experience matters little, he will no doubt be given a proper chance in the first team to impress by Jose. If you’regood enough you’re old enough. Just ask Marcus Rashford.