Andreas Pereira has had a lot of criticism this season amid Manchester United’s difficult start to the campaign.
The team’s recent success has come without Pereira as new signing Bruno Fernandes showcases a stratospheric gap in quality.
Like Jesse Lingard, Pereira faces an uncertain future, but United may not be totally ready to give up on him.
Alternate view is one of progression
Pereira is not Fernandes, and it’s hard to get past that. The Portuguese star is just so much better.
It’s also worth noting that Pereira’s season has shown some progression compared to recent campaigns.
Last season he made eight starts and 11 substitute appearances, scoring one goal and providing one assist.
This campaign he has made 20 starts and eight appearances from the bench, scoring two goals and providing three assists.
It’s notable of course that in the extra opportunities, Pereira is not doing enough. He hasn’t seized them as he would have liked.
In the Premier League he has played 1,454 minutes compared to 597 last season.
Whether his future is at Manchester United or not, this is proving to be an extremely valuable season for Pereira in terms of experience.
One of the big challenges for him is the mental side of it. He has been dealing with criticism and is trying to come out the other side a stronger player.
Solskjaer is not ready to give up on him yet and Pereira only signed a new deal this past summer.
Pereira is three years younger than Lingard and there is still a chance he can shape himself into a valuable squad player.
United’s coaching staff have worked wonders with improving players this season, with Fred, Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford among those who have been playing far better than a year ago.
While many will be happy if Pereira is ushered out of the door this summer, and he may need to be if he wants to play regular football, United may not be ready to give up on him, especially if there is confidence next season can be one of more forward progression.
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