Will Andreas Pereira get Manchester United return vs Valencia?
Jose Mourinho has to get his team selection right against Valencia this week. Andreas Pereira will be hoping he is finally recalled to show what he can do.
Even though qualification from the Champions League group phase is already assured, it is crucial to maintain the positive momentum from this weekend.
United scored four against Fulham at Old Trafford. It was the team has netted more than three goals in a game under Jose Mourinho.
There should still be some rotation to keep players fresh to face Liverpool at the weekend. It is an ideal opportunity to re-introduce Andreas Pereira.
Pereira has not started a game since August, and often he does not even make United’s bench.
For both Pereira and Juan Mata, the chance to play at the Mestalla will be one where they particularly want to feature.
Mata starred for Valencia before signing for Chelsea, while Pereira spent the whole season on loan at the La Liga side last season.
His performances for Valencia helped them qualify for the Champions League in the first place. Back at United it took him just two games to lose Jose Mourinho’s trust.
Pereira has not started since the loss to Brighton, and has made only three brief substitute appearances since.
This dead rubber is a game which will matter a lot for him. Jose Mourinho should give him a chance to show what he can do.
The Brazilian can still be an asset for United even if he is not being utilised.
If he is left out again, then it is hard to imagine Pereira having much more of a role to play under Mourinho.