Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has completed a move to La Liga side Granada on a season long loan. Pereira is now poised to spend the rest of the season in Spain under the guidance of Granada boss Paco Jemez.
Granada only managed to beat the drop by their skin of their teeth last season and will now be hoping that the signing of Pereira will give the entire club a much needed boost going into the new campaign.
The Brazilian’s future at Old Trafford has been under intense scrutiny for some time now after he was not named in Jose Mourinho’s squad for the new season.
The 21-year-old now becomes the fifth United player to leave the squad in recent weeks on a loan basis after Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Guillermo Varela, Adnan Januzaj and James Wilson all left Old Trafford in pursue of regular first team football.
Whilst Pereira may not be part of Mourinho’s plans for the current campaign, the fact the Portuguese was only willing to loan the midfielder out proves that the new United boss still feels Pereira has a long term future at the club.
Mourinho will have been fully aware that the Brazilian’s game time this season would have been limited despite how well he may have performed for the under-21’s. With the bundles of quality going forward at Mourinho’s luxury the chances of Pereira getting in the side would have been near impossible and a loan move away at this moment in time is probably the best move for both parties.
Having shone heavily for Warren Joyce’s Under-21 side over the past year, Pereira is a player who needs first team football. His eye catching performances at under-21 level has made it clear that Pereira has outgrown that level of football and needs a chance to play on a bigger stage.
For a player like Pereira to be sitting on a substitute’s bench week in week out is not only a crying shame for Manchester United but for football in general and in moving to Granada this may prove to be a significant moment in Pereira’s footballing career.
Pereira will now finally get the chance to showcase his footballing talents in one of the world’s finest leagues in La Liga. Pereira is undoubtedly a talented player but he has yet to be given a proper chance on the big stage to shows us what he is all about. Now he has got his chance to shine and it’s down to him to take that chance.