Andreas Pereira was restricted to only six league starts in the last season
The Belgium-born Brazil international had one year left on his previous contract and after limited playing time during the last campaign, a move away from Old Trafford looked like a possibility.
However, the 23-year-old’s exit was ruled out after the Red Devils confirmed in July announced the midfielder had signed a new deal at the club, keeping him at the club until 2023, with an option to further extend it by a year.
Andreas’ father, Marcos Pereira spoke to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad and explained how a conversation with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer convinced his son to put pen to paper on a new deal.
“The trainer spoke to Andreas and told him that his future is in Manchester. We could agree with his plan. The goal is to now secure a first-team spot. He is now 23, which is a mature age [for a footballer],” Marcos explained.
The Norwegian started Andreas in his side’s 4-0 victory over Chelsea on Sunday and ended the game with an assist for Anthony Martial.
After the match, he explained how playing alongside with players from the academy made it easier for United against the Blues.
Marcos also gave his thoughts on Andreas’ performance against Chelsea: He said, “Tactically, he played a strong first half. He did what the trainer asked him.”
“And after the break, the game was better suited for him, he got more and more on the ball and then you see his qualities. He gave a beautiful assist and must be satisfied.”