Goalkeeper Joel Pereira was officially released at the end of last week.

His Manchester United contract expires at the end of the month at which point he can join another club.

Fellow stopper David de Gea has wished Pereira well on social media, as he embarks on the next stage of his career.

Goalkeepers must form a strong bond, working alongside each other day in day out, separate from the rest of the squad.

And it’s clear from de Gea’s emotional message he views Pereira as a friend.

De Gea’s message to Sergio Romero last week was more outspoken, making reference to the fact the Argentine deserved better from United.

Pereira needs a fresh start

Pereira spent the 2020/21 season on loan at Huddersfield Town in the Championship.

It’s fair to say he had the worst experience of any of the players who left United on loan last season.

 

He only made two league appearances. There’s no point in a goalkeeper going on loan if they’re just going to sit on the bench.

And those two games went terribly, as Pereira conceded 11 goals – a 4-3 loss to Stoke and a 7-0 thumping by champions Norwich.

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United didn’t even bother recalling him in January to look for a more suitable destination.

That tells you everything you need to know about how far he’d fallen down the pecking order at United.

Wherever he goes next, he just needs to play regular football. He has to choose somewhere he’ll be number one.

That’s the only way to get his form and confidence back.

It seems he will always have de Gea to call on for advice as he seeks to kickstart his career.

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