Manchester United midfielder, Andreas Pereira, has said manager Jose Mourinho contacted him regularly last season, to let him know that he was going “to have a future” at Old Trafford.
Pereira made 13 appearances for the first team during Louis van Gaal’s tenure, before Mourinho chose to send him on loan to Granada and Valencia the following campaigns.
However, the 22-year-old was given a starting role in the 2-1 win over Leicester City last weekend.
“I am very happy to be back this year here. After two years out there are new things. I am very happy to be here and very proud. I’m very happy. It is a very happy moment for me. I have to thank the manager and my family. I came here because of him, thanks to opportunity he gave me, and to my family.
“He [Mourinho] helps me a lot. He tells me what to do inside and off the pitch. He gives me advice and he’s tough when he needs to be. He is a very fair manager. He helps me a lot. I am very happy that he is here. He gives me the opportunity to play and off the pitch he is a great guy, very calm. He talks to me like a friend. I am very happy.
“When I was in Spain, before the important games, he sent me messages. I am very happy that he had faith in me. When I left the club he kept in contact. He always told me I would have a future at Manchester United and now I’m seeing that, so I’m very grateful to him,” he told ESPN Brazil.