Every player is entitled to a holiday, but you might want to question the wisdom of Andreas Pereira heading abroad rather than staying in the UK to try and get a headstart on his Manchester United teammates.
This helped fringe man Timothy Fosu-Mensah start United’s first game of the season, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka a late arrival back from a trip to Dubai.
While Wan-Bissaka as an established first team player was back in United’s first team line up to face Luton on Tuesday night, Pereira was not even on the bench.
Last season Pereira began the campaign in United’s starting team, having impressed as he often does in pre-season, and showing a willingness to play out wide.
It quickly became evident he was a square peg in a round hole on the wing, and even when he played centrally he did not show enough consistent quality for the standard United require.
After Bruno Fernandes arrived, and then Donny van de Beek this summer, Pereira has fallen sharply down the pecking order.
Likely to leave
Last season was at times a taxing one mentally for Pereira. So with that regard, it probably was understandable he took his holiday, despite a lack of action since lockdown.
Pereira was not selected to start a single game when football resumed in June, in the Premier League, FA Cup, or Europa League.
His failure to even get onto the substitute’s bench for the Carabao Cup game with Luton Town was a new low.
It is hard from here to see how Pereira gets back into favour at United.
His best bet is that teammate Jesse Lingard leaves instead, and United decide to keep Pereira as cover.
At the moment Pereira is behind Lingard and Juan Mata in the pecking order, who players who themselves are substitutes, with neither even making the bench against Crystal Palace in the Premier League at the weekend.
The Times reported in mid-August that Pereira was likely to leave the club, with Benfica claimed to be interested along with teams in Spain and Germany.
That alleged interest has not developed into anything substantial yet, although there is a chance it does before deadline day.
United might have to end up settling for a loan agreement, in the hope Pereira can shine abroad on a temporary deal, and spark bigger interest next summer.
As it stands, his future at Old Trafford looks pretty bleak, and it would be in his interests to make a fresh start.
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