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Andreas Pereira to get Man United chance after loan return - sources

Andreas Pereira is set to get the chance to win a place in the Manchester United squad for next season, sources have told ESPN FC.

Pereira, 21, spent last season on loan at Spanish club Granada, and after an impressive campaign in La Liga Jose Mourinho is ready to offer him the opportunity to impress.

The Brazil under-23 international midfielder is expected back at United's Carrington training ground on July 8 ahead of the preseason tour of the United States.

He is likely to be included in the squad for the games against LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona before a decision about his long-term future is made.

Pereira scored in Mourinho's first game in charge of United last summer, a 2-0 win at Wigan Athletic in July.

He was included in the squad for the tour of China but, after being overlooked for a preseason trip to Gothenburg to play Galatasaray, signed a season-long loan deal at Granada.

Granada were relegated from Spain's top-flight, but Pereira scored five goals in 37 games for them.

Andreas Pereira had a productive spell at Granada in 2016-17, on loan from Manchester United.
Andreas Pereira impressed on loan for Granada.

He was in regular contact with Mourinho and assistant Rui Faria during his loan spell and was in the stands at Old Trafford for the last Premier League game of the season against Crystal Palace.

He is under contract until 2018, with the option of another year.

"It's been very good playing at a high level in Spain every week," Pereira told United's official website in March.

"I get to train and focus hard for the games and, for me, it's been very good. It's a very good league and a very high level.

"The football here is different than in England but it's good to test yourself to see what level you are at and to improve every week."

Pereira, who was born in Belgium but qualifies for Brazil through his father, joined United from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven in 2011 and made his first-team debut under Louis van Goal in 2014.

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.

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