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Man Utd’s Andreas Pereira set to join Benfica on loan deal

Benfica is reportedly interested in signing Manchester United’s Andreas Pereira on loan.

The Red Devils midfielder has lowered the midfield pecking order since Bruno Fernandes arrived in January.
Since joining United in a deal worth £67.7million from Sporting Lisbon, Fernandes has scored 11 goals and registered seven assists.

This has contributed to Pereira playing only two matches in the Premier League last month since February when United clinched third place.

The Times say that this summer, the Brazilian is likely to be part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘s squad overhaul.

“That is what happened with me. Ole knows we will always be there for him. The young players give our faith and do everything to protect him, as he gives all his trust to us.

“I’m very honoured and that’s why, as well, I want to stay at United. I want to fight for him, win games and win trophies.

“Getting there, it’s tough but staying at the top is the most difficult. You can get some stick sometimes.

“You can get glory days, bad days but the most important thing is to just keep your head down and keep working because at the end of it all if you work hard everything is going to be fine.”

Pereira could come out of the Old Trafford door following Tahith Chong, who joined Werder Bremen on a season-long loan.

Solskjaer has also confirmed Alexis Sanchez’s loan move to Inter Milan will be made permanent, while Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are believed to be available for transfer.

In April, Pereira, who signed a new long-term contract at United last summer, insisted he wanted to stay and fight for his first-team place at Old Trafford.

He said: “Even when I came to United at such a young age, going to United it’s, of course, a massive club, but I know that they are willing to give youth a chance.

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