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Manchester United youngster set for loan move to FC Utrecht this summer – report

Manchester United youngster Andreas Pereira looks set to join Eredivisie side FC Utrecht on a season long loan deal despite attracting attention from Valencia, according to reports from the Netherlands.

The Brazilian, born in Belgium, came through the youth ranks at PSV Eindhoven between 2005 and 2011 before moving to United in 2014, making his first team debut a year later. He made 13 appearances in total under Louis van Gaal before being sent to Granada on loan by Jose Mourinho last summer, where he impressed with a series of enterprising displays in spite of his side’s inexorable descent to relegation, making 37 appearances in all competitions before re-joining United ahead of their pre-season tour of the United States.

And he wasted no time showing his worth, producing determined, skilful performances against Real Madrid and Valerenga. He noted just a month ago that he didn’t want to spend another season on loan elsewhere, expressing a determination to fight for his place under Mourinho. But having not breached the match-day squad so far this season, and with first team places looking hard to come by, the prospect of a loan move has resurfaced. La Liga side Valencia have expressed their interest but Mourinho promptly blocked the move.

However, according to Dutch media outlet AD, Pereira will agree to a season long loan move at Utrecht. Their current manager, Erik at Hag, was an assistant during his time with PSV and a move to the Eredivisie could serve as the perfect opportunity for the 21-year-old to occupy a regular role and make a real impact on a comparatively weaker division.

AD, it should be noted, doesn’t cover transfer rumours, so this could be a development worth keeping a close eye on.

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By Kevin T

Kevin Thatcher is a freelance journalist who's work has featured in various national and international publications, including Mail Online & The Mirror. Kevin has been a Manchester United season ticket holder in South Stand for many years, and writes for RedMancunian to combine both his love for writing, and club.

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