Flamengo may not have officially given up on the permanent signing of Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira yet, but it’s becoming clear there isn’t a favourable scenario for him to stay at the club.

On Tuesday, it was once again reported that the Rio de Janeiro side are giving up on the €10m deal they have with the Red Devils, as his recent form shows the investment is not worth it.

So as manager Paulo Sousa announced the line-up for the Copa Libertadores clash against Universidad Católica, many people were caught by surprise with Andreas starting.

One of them was journalist Renato Maurício Prado, who wrote on Twitter: “Betting on Andreas Pereira, on the day the news comes out that Flamengo has given up on his purchase, is also very weird.”

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The rejection to Andreas was also noticed by TNT Sports, who wrote a story with a headline saying ‘Andreas Pereira starts and leaves Flamengo fans angry,’ and chose several tweets which show how unhappy they are with the player.

Pereira has a contract with Manchester United running until June 2023, and given his situation in Brazil has turned sour it’s expected he’ll be back at Old Trafford soon.