Manchester United loanee Andreas Pereira's admission to Flamengo manager Renato Gaucho could be beneficial to answering the Reds' midfield question
He has been lauded by his temporary boss for his performances in Brazil, who has described the 25-year-old as a "great signing".
Pereira made the loan switch to South America in pursuit of first-team minutes and has admitted that his best position is further down the field than the advanced playmaker role United fans were accustomed to seeing him play in.
Pereira scored a stupendous volley in pre-season against Brentford, but has struggled to add to his 75 Manchester United first-team appearances, the last of which came in the win over Austrian side LASK in the Europa League.
As a result, he sought minutes and left for Flamengo on a season-long loan. In three appearances for the Brazilian capital side, he has scored once but he has left an impression on the 59-year-old manager.
And Pereira has emphasised his intent to play in a position that many pundits feel United are weakest in at the moment.
“He’s a player who has been tested in various positions for his quality," Gaucho told Lance via Sport Witness.
"But he told me that he likes to play as a second defensive midfielder. So, this is where I’ve been putting him, in this position he’s been helping us, he’s been playing well.
“He’s playing in his position, in the position he likes. He’s a player who knows how to defend, knows how to attack too, he has the quality to do so. That’s what I said, he is a player who is above average. Without a doubt, it was a great signing for Flamengo.”
During the opening stages of the season, there have been calls for a midfield addition in the absence of Scott McTominay.
Pereira was forced to move into a deeper role in midfield as a result of the quality in which the seven-time Brazil champions have on display.
Similarly, with the role of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes at the club, the position change by the 25-year-old could pose a question upon his return to Old Trafford, should he extend his current deal which expires in the summer.
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