Andreas Pereira scores first goal for Flamengo since November
Manchester United fans be warned. Andreas Pereira is warming up for his pre-season return to Manchester United.
As it stands, Pereira’s loan spell at Flamengo is due to end on June 30. He could end up training with Erik ten Hag’s new look side unless a solution is found over his future.
The ‘pre-season Pirlo’ has one year left on his contract at United. It’s better he is moved on, before taking up Ten Hag’s time this summer.
Last night he did himself no harm at all by producing a man of the match performance for Flamengo.
Pereira scores first goal for Flamengo since November
Pereira scored his first goal for Flamengo since November to help them to a 2-1 win away at Fluminense.
His strike was the equalising goal, before he provided an assist for teammate Gabi to score a winner.
The goal ended a span of 24 matches without a goal in all competitions going back to last season.
It was his first goal for the club since his game-costing mistake in extra-time of the Copa Libertadores final.
Pereira has scored six goals for Flamengo in total, in 43 appearances.
Flamengo have stuck by Pereira, although no deal has been struck for the midfielder to sign with the club permanently, despite it looking close earlier in the year.
Pereira’s goal could be perfectly timed, as he prepares to enter his final month of his loan spell with the Brazilian club.
It would not take a big financial commitment to sign the 26-year-old. £5 million would represent a kind of victory for Manchester United at this point, just to get him off the books.
Pereira is happy in Brazil and he would be glad to sign with Flamengo permanently. A return to form will certainly help his case.
This latest goal could be perfectly timed to help the two clubs thrash out a deal.