Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants young midfielder Andreas Pereira to stay at the club and sign a new contract.
The 23-year-old had struggled to break into the first team under both Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, but has found football easier to come by under United’s interim manager.
However, he has still featured only twice under the Norwegian, and with his contract expiring at the end of the season, he has been offered more minutes for the rest of the campaign, something which will be easier to fulfill after injuries to Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Nemanja Matic and others.
Ander Herrera and Juan Mata are also unavailable for the game against Crystal Palace tonight, giving Perreira perhaps one more chance to impress his new manager.
The Metro reports Solskjaer wants him to stay at Old Trafford for the long term and has also praised the Brazilian and Scott McTominay for their performances when called upon, saying:
“I’ve been sat on the outside getting a chance [as a player] when this has happened, so we’d rather have to say players who came in.
“Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira, I thought they did fantastic, so there you go, that’s the way it is. You’ve just got to the ready when you get it.”
United play Crystal Palace in the Premier League tonight, and a win could take them above Arsenal into fourth place, and cut the gap between them and third placed Spurs to five points. After tonight there will be 10 league games to play.