Manchester United loanee Andreas Pereira has yet to compete after the submission in January

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Andreas Pereira went from a regular starter to a forgotten man at Manchester United. When Bruno Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford, the former Brazilian international was pushed to the periphery. Last summer he moved on loan to Lazio Rome.

Anyone who’s seen Pereira at United will know they weren’t up to the task. He had a great game – against Southampton – but was otherwise largely anonymous.

That’s not to say that Pereira isn’t talented. Only that he doesn’t have the quality of United – at least not the quality that the club has shown since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Change on loan from Pereira supposedly contains an option to purchase of £ 23 million. And most United fans would be happy if the club somehow managed to do that for the 25-year-old. But a goal and a template do not mean that there is an application.

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Pereira scored on his first start in Italy but was substituted off at halftime. From then on, the 25-year-old was mainly employed by the bank. And a few minutes here and there made it difficult for him to distinguish himself.

That was until the end of January when he got league and cup assists; first during a start against Parma and then during a nine minute runout against Atalanta.

United fans hoping Pereira could still convince their loaner club to buy him permanently dreamed of a late-season renaissance. But that impact was more an anomaly than a sign of the future.

Since that late impact, the midfielder has only managed 12 minutes in two games and it has to be added to his stats.

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United would do very well to get £ 23m for Pereira. In truth, it is not worth nearly that much, even in an inflated market.

Now it should be at its peak. Instead, he’s a small loaner with no real future at his parent club.

Maybe it will be well received in the months to come. But it seems these two rapid-fire assistants weren’t a catalyst for better things.

Pereira has made 75 appearances for United. But if Donny van de Beek struggles for minutes at Old Trafford, the future of the Brazilian is certainly elsewhere.

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