In a surprising last minute move, promising Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira joined La Liga side Valencia on loan for the season. After initially looking set to finally be integrated into the United first team, Pereira clearly was not convinced that he would get the minutes that he needed. In his press conference today, José Mourinho expressed that he was not a fan of the Brazilian’s decision.
“It was a personal decision that I don't agree with, a decision I don't think honestly is the best decision for him, a decision that disappoints me.
“He has the potential to be fighting for a position, opportunities and to be a Manchester United player.
Mourinho threw down a clear challenge to Pereira, and questioned his desire to fight for a place in the United team.
“His decision can be considered a young player who wants to play every weekend but also a young player that is not ready to fight for something difficult and it's difficult to play in Manchester United's midfield.
“You have to be ready to fight for the position and I am disappointed he left.
“But was his decision, I opened the door, he has a long-term contract, we have the option to bring him back on Jan. 1, so is not a drama but is a decision which disappoints me a little bit.”
Pereira had yet to make a matchday squad this season, and that may well have played on his mind when he decided to accept the chance to go on loan. But Mourinho clearly would have preferred that he stayed and fought for a place, even if it meant only being a fringe player for much of the season. Mourinho is clearly a fan of Pereira’s ability, but he is also notoriously dismissive of players whom he suspects lack competitive spirit. Pereira may have done what he thought was best for his development as a player, but his decision could well impact the chances of him making it at United.