Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has lifted the lid on his two years spent on loan in Spain. The Belgium-born Brazilian, who has just been called up to Tite’s senior international squad for the first time, has started United’s first two Premier League games under Jose Mourinho, and impressed against Leicester City with a controlled, disciplined performance in defensive midfield.
Speaking to Manutd.com, Pereira went over his loan spells at Granada and Valencia, whilst giving thanks to Mourinho:
“It was very important for me, the two loans. I think I’ve totally changed after the two loans – I’m more mature, playing like an adult. I think I really grew up into football over there. I think they really helped me and I think if I stayed here I wouldn’t have had the progression that I had when I went on loan, so I think it helped me a lot.
“It’s different so I was living on my own and doing everything on my own. The people here at the club always took good care of me, they called to see if I was good. But still it’s different in a different country. For me, I speak Portuguese but still in the first year, I had to adapt to speaking Spanish. But it was good for me, I got stronger from it, I’m more of an all-round player and I’m more ready to play now.
“I’m very confident and very happy that the manager gave me this opportunity. I just want to show him and all of the staff and the players what I can do and help the team.”
Pereira has certainly taken advantage of his opportunity at the start of this season, with Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera both ruled out of the Leicester game through injury. Here’s hoping that we see more of him as the season progresses and even with Mourinho having his first choice midfield options back.