Andreas Pereira went from regular starter to forgotten man at Manchester United. Once Bruno Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford, the one-time Brazil international was shunted to the periphery. And last summer he headed out on loan to Lazio.
Anyone who watched Pereira at United will know he wasn’t up to the task. He had one great game – against Southampton – but was otherwise largely anonymous.
That is not to say Pereira isn’t talented. Only that he is not United quality – at least not the quality the club have showed since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge.
Pereira’s loan move reportedly includes a £23million option-to-buy. And most United fans would be delighted if the club somehow get that for the 25-year-old. But one goal and one assist does not not suggest a bid is forthcoming.
Pereira scored on his first start in Italy only to be subbed off at half-time. From there, the 25-year-old has been used predominantly from the bench. And a few minutes here and there made it difficult for him to make his mark.
That was until late January, when he grabbed league and cup assists; first during a start against Parma and then during a nine-minute runout against Atalanta.
United fans hoping Pereira could still convince his loan club to buy him permanently were dreaming of a late-season renaissance. But that impact was an anomaly rather than a sign of things to come.
Since that late impact, the midfielder has managed just 12 more minutes across two games and it yet to add to his stats.
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United would do very well to get £23million for Pereira. In truth, even in an inflated market, he is not worth close to that.
He should now be reaching his peak. Instead he is a bit-part loan player with no real future at his parent club.
Perhaps he will come good in the months ahead. But it seems those two quick-fire assists were not a catalyst for better things to come.
Pereira has 75 appearances for United under his belt. Yet if Donny van de Beek is struggling for minutes at Old Trafford, the Brazilian’s future is surely elsewhere.