With the arrival of a new manager, with a new philosophy, and the additions of new faces to add depth and quality to the squad, there was always going be some players surplus to requirements at Manchester United.
Paddy McNair, Donald Love, James Weir and Will Keane were among the youngsters who left on permanent deals while James Wilson, Adnan Januzaj and Andreas Pereira were given a lifeline by Mourinho and sent on loan with the chance to impress and return to the fold next season, hopefully with more game time and experience in their lockers.
Speaking to Globo Esporte (via the Manchester Evening News) Pereira is hoping his season-long loan in La Liga with Granada will help him force his way into Manchester United’s already overloaded squad of quality attacking options of which Mourinho has at his disposal.
“Mourinho told me that he likes my style of play a lot and that he liked what I did in pre-season.
“He wants to see how I play in Spain and then wants me to go back and play for him next season.”
While Pereira will be given hope that he can force his way into the manager’s plans, he already feels the club has returned to where they belong: as a club feared by teams, which was non existent under the tenures of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.
Pereira also hailed the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, claiming:
“Things have changed a fair bit.
“When he arrived, everyone could see that he was a real professional.
“Just by his physical appearance, you can tell he is professional as hell. He just wants to win – he only thinks about football.
“He brought his own physiotherapist with him to treat him at the club. Everyone was left open-mouthed by that.”
The arrival of these star names may have pushed the 20-year-old Brazilian out the exit door for now, but Pereira feels he will return to a much stronger, dominant Manchester United with Mourinho at the helm.
“Ibra arrived. Pogba arrived and that was a bit strange… it was like he was coming back from a long holiday!
“The new players will help the team a lot. It’s really different since Mourinho’s arrival – everyone is more focused and prepared to play. I think this year Manchester United will create havoc.”
Damien McEvoy Pundit Arena
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