Manchester United’s young Joel Pereira is currently on loan at Portuguese club Belenenses, but he’s still keen on watching how his parent club are getting on.
Pereira has given a lengthy two part interview to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, and he was asked how he looks back on his club, and the matches they play in.
With Manchester United’s EFL Cup victory over Manchester City being the last match before Pereira gave his interview, the goalkeeper used it as an example: “I was glued to the television and when Juan Mata scored I jumped up from the sofa. I was very pleased. Against City there is a great rivalry, from the youngest to the main team. I wanted to be there.”
Pereira explained that it had been great working with David De Gea at Manchester United, and he learned a lot from “one of the best in the world”. The Portugal U20 international also gave special praise to Victor Valdes, and explained the former Manchester United player helped him a lot.
The 20 year old is on loan but not forgotten, with Manchester United staff watching his games and still helping the player improve: “Always I speak with someone there. Recently, Alan Fettis was in Portugal for the match against Boavista. They saw the facilities in Belenenses. I talk to him and get advice about games and what I should improve.”
A recent good performance against Benfica has helped Pereira settle in even more, and he has a whole season to play football at a high level, in a league with goalkeepers such as Rui Patricio and Iker Casillas.