There may not be a full blown mutiny in the ranks at Manchester United, but at least one disgruntled player is making his voice heard.
Andreas Pereira, a much-lauded prospect in the Man United youth setup, has accused manager Louis van Gaal of failing to fulfill promises made to him back in January.
The 20 year old Brazilian was looking to go on loan earlier this season as he felt that first team football was vital at this stage of his development, but Van Gaal persuaded him to stay and insisted that he would get opportunities to play at Old Trafford in the second half of the campaign.
The midfielder has barely featured for the side this season – with all five appearances since January coming from the bench and playing for less than 45 minutes in total – and in quotes carried by the Telegraph on Friday, Pereira has publicly taken aim at his manager.
“I wanted to be loaned out in January in order to play more and to keep developing myself, but Van Gaal told me that he did not want me to be loaned out,
“He told me to stay in Manchester because he would use me and that I would play.
“I told him that was fine, and that if I could stay and play then I would. He did not let me leave. I took the decision and now I’m training, doing my job and waiting for him to fulfil his word.”
Though Van Gaal turned to youngsters Marcus Rashford and Timothy Fosu-Mensah out of necessity rather than design, others such as Pereira and Adnan Januzaj have seen their progress stunted by being left out of the team. While Januzaj did get his loan, however – an ill-fated spell at Borussia Dortmund – Pereira has been limited almost entirely to featuring for the Man United under-21 side.
Though Pereira’s comments will probably be supported by many Man United fans – many of whom are very keen to see the Brazilian youth international make his first team breakthrough – the club themselves are more likely to take a dim view of such insubordination, especially in a player who is not yet established.