Andreas was not the only Manchester United player named Pereira to have a bad weekend. Joel Pereira had a game to forget on loan at Hearts.

The Portuguese goalkeeper has had a steady if unspectacular time on loan at the Scottish club.

He is a first team regular for the club, but that may now come into question.

The United loanee was on the wrong end of a 5-0 hammering on Sunday as Rangers ran riot.

Rangers had six shots on target and scored from five of them.

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This was Pereira’s third game against Rangers. The first was a 1-1 draw, the second his side conceded three, and in this one he shipped five.

And as this goal demonstrated, in which he parried the ball into his own net, Pereira’s performances have taken a nosedive.

Fans not happy

Pereira was an initial hit at Hearts. He filled in during an injury crisis and helped them reach the Scottish Cup semi-finals with penalty shootout heroics against Aberdeen.

 

Now supporters are beginning to turn and wonder if their own options are better.

Can he turn it around?

This is a real test for the Portuguese goalkeeper. He is in a really poor team, one which have managed just two wins from 14 games.

All of the players are under pressure and Pereira is being affected by the lack of talent around him.

Even with that in mind, he needs to do better than he did for that goal against Rangers. He needs to show mental strength and not give up.

This is his third loan spell, following stints in Portugal and Belgium last year.

If he loses his place then United could cut his spell short and try to find him a new side, but it would be better for him if he can fight through this and bounce back.

Sadly the 23-year-old may soon find that he is running out of time and opportunities to make his mark at Old Trafford.

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