Andreas Pereira’s search for a new club took him to Brazil this summer when he accepted a deal to sign on loan for Flamengo.

From Manchester United’s perspective it was not totally ideal, with a full sale preferable. But the club are at least saving on a hefty percentage of his wages.

Pereira has had a decent start for Flamengo after scoring on his debut earlier this month.

He has played four games so far, featuring in 263 minutes of action. He is well on his way to exceeding the paltry total of 801 minutes for Lazio last season in all competitions, a loan which mainly consisted of late substitute appearances.

At the moment Pereira is a starter for Flamengo and the Brazilian club like what they see.

Palmeiras v Flamengo - Brasileirao 2021
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‘Great signing’

Flamengo boss Renato Gaucho is very pleased with the impact Pereira has made in his early matches.

Speaking to LanceNet, the Flamengo boss said: “He is versatile, he is a player I talked to even before joining Flamengo. He is a player who has been tested in various positions out there for his quality. But he told me that he likes to play as a second defensive midfielder. So, this is where I’ve been putting him, in this position he’s been helping us, he’s been playing well.

 

“He’s playing in his position, in the position he likes. He is a player who knows how to defend, knows how to attack too, he has the quality for that. That’s what I said, he is a player who is above average. Without a doubt, it was a great signing for Flamengo.”

It’s not lost on us that Pereira is playing as a ‘defensive midfielder’, a position where United are short.

But we have seen enough of Pereira through the years to know he is not the answer for United in the position, so any talk that he could be, just because he is featuring there for Flamengo, should be promptly ignored.

There is no reason why Pereira can’t thrive there for Flamengo though.

The quality of the league and opposition is very different to in England, and Pereira is benefitting from having a fresh start where he feels important.

He was never going to get that at United, and he did not get a fair crack on loan at Lazio last season either, signed on loan as a back-up.

If Pereira continues to enjoy his spell at Flamengo and they stay happy with him, there might just be a permanent sale in it for Manchester United at the end of the season.

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