Sun. Jan 23rd, 2022

In the recently closed transfer window, Andreas Pereira chose a loan move to Brazil when he joined Flamengo.

The midfielder has at times been heavily criticized during his Old Trafford career, although he clearly enjoys his temporary switch away from the club as he continues to shine, week in, week out.

Pereira stole the show once again on Wednesday when he got a sensational Ronaldo-esque free-kick — the first direct free kick Flamengo has scored in over three years!

If you’re like me, you’ll probably get a little frustrated that Pereira is now throwing amazing displays forward, and we are not really able to track his progress.

Well, fear not. United On My Mind trends writer Anil Kandola recently spoke with Brazilian sports journalist Elton Serra to get the decline on the Manchester United borrower.

What have been the best parts of Pereira’s performances? What is the consensus from the Brazilian media and Flamengo fans about the midfielder? Does he even have a chance to return to the United fold? Serra reveals everything …

“He plays really well,” Serra said of Pereira. “When he was Brazilian, he had no major problems adapting to the country. He joined a team that was already tactically organized, which also facilitated adaptation.”

Serra further explained how Pereira’s style of play has helped him settle into life in Brazil.

“He often acts as number six, a role similar [Paul] Pogba is at Manchester United, but he also plays more advanced. The game in Brazil is slower than in England, and because he has a more intense pace from his time in the Premier League, he can physically perform all functions in midfield. He is a complete player within the framework of Brazilian football. ”

Andreas Pereira flies in Flamengo colors as he scored their first free kick since 2018

It also appears that Pereira has the approval of both fans and media in Brazil, and despite his matches at United, he may well be on the verge of adding his solitary cap with the Brazilian national team.

“The idea is that Andreas is a different player by the standards of Brazilian football, precisely because of the intensity and mentality acquired in Europe.

“He is a player who has great chances of returning to play for the Brazilian team if he maintains his good performances. Flamengo fans love Andreas. Many want the club to pay Manchester United the 20 million euros. ”

Despite Pereira enjoying his loan spell at Flamengo, it remains to be seen whether it will be enough for the Brazilian to return to Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s plans.

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“I think it is hard [to see Pereira returning to United], “Serra explained.” Even with a fantastic performance in Brazil, competitiveness is different. I do not see that Solskjær sees Andreas as an opportunity for United’s first team. But as a 25-year-old, he is still able to surprise. ”

United’s need to strengthen their midfield is no secret, and given Pereira’s magnificent performances during his loan spell in Brazil, it may well be that Solskjær keeps a close eye on his development before returning to Old Trafford next summer.

Do you think Pereira has a future at United? Follow our United On My Mind writer Anil Kandola and Elton Serra on Twitter, and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.


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