Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has opened up on his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho ahead of their weekend’s clash against Brighton.
The 22-year-old, who snubbed Jose Mourinho’s request to stay at Old Trafford last summer, has admitted that he took a risk by choosing to join Valencia on loan last season.
The Portuguese boss wanted to keep him at Old Trafford for the last campaign, but the playmaker decided to make a non-permanent move to the La Liga side.
Pereira has struggled for first-team appearances since joining United’s first team in 2014. But he has starred for United over the 90 minutes as he controlled the midfield during the 2-1 win Leicester City last weekend.
Meanwhile, the youngster has claimed that he now has a very good relationship with his manager Mourinho.
“I learned a lot of things being on my own, I lived on my own there, and it’s different than living over here,” Pereira told Sky Sports News.
“I’m more professional now, I know what my body needs every day, I’m more mature now than I was two years ago.”
“They’ve been really good for me, I think I’ve totally changed as a player and a human being after these two years.”
“It was very difficult for me to take that decision.”
“Like Mourinho is one of the best coaches in the world, and he tells you to stay, and if you go against it you’ve only got things to lose in your head really.”
“I was nervous about that, but it came out well. We had a great year in Valencia, and I am a better player, and this season he has a better Andreas than he could have had last year.”
“He hasn’t told me, but I think he will see this in games. I have a very good relationship with him, he is very good with me, very honest.”
Pereira, who joined United’s youth system in 2011from PSV Eindhoven before being promoted to the first team in 2014.
The midfielder, who made his Premier League debut against Tottenham Hotspur in March 2015, has now recorded 14 appearances for the Red Devils across all competitions.