The third-choice goalkeeper comes highly recommended by Jose Mourinho and will make his first start against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
The 20-year-old has already tasted the first-team environment at Manchester United once before when replacing Sergio Romero for the final 10 minutes of January’s 4-0 FA Cup win over Wigan Athletic, but Sunday’s Premier League finale against Crystal Palace will mark his full debut at a time when the spotlight is on amidst rumours that De Gea could soon finalise a protracted move to Real Madrid.
As United fans begin to wonder who might be their club’s long-term No.1, Pereira has seen his position at the club change markedly over the last couple of years. The Swiss-born Portuguese spent the first half of 2015-16 on loan at Rochdale, where he made his first eight senior appearances. While he only kept one clean sheet at Spotland, he left a great impression on many at the club.
After returning to Old Trafford in the winter, Pereira helped the Under-21s clinch the Premier League title for a second successive year and celebrated the feat by jumping into the away end at White Hart Lane after the crowning 3-2 win against Tottenham
This season he made a big step up, joining Portuguese top-flight side Belenenses on loan and seeing his reputation skyrocket thanks to a string of fine displays. When United’s long-term No.3 keeper Sam Johnstone insisted it was time for him to be selfish by looking for work away from M16, Pereira was recalled from his homeland in order to work more closely with De Gea and Romero.
The euphoria of making his debut in January was tempered little more than 24 hours later by a knee ligament injury in an Under-23 match against Everton in which he had earlier saved a penalty, but since returning to fitness he has impressed enough in training for Mourinho to go public with his expectations for the youngster
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