Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has denied Andreas Pereira a loan move away from the club despite the midfielder struggling for regular game time with the first-team. The Brazilian has been on the fringes during the entire campaign and has made just six appearances during the entire campaign in all competitions.
According to the Daily Mail, the Dutch manager is wary of letting too many players leave the club either on a permanent basis or temporary loan midway through the season, for the fear of an injury crisis leaving him short. The Red Devils manager has already come under criticism for letting too many forward players leave the club earlier in the season, and is reluctant to do so again in January.
The Brazil U20 international is desperate for regular playing time and admitted that he could leave the club on loan this month with no shortage of suitors for the talented midfielder. The report claimed that Premier League leaders Leicester City are interested in taking the player on a temporary basis.
Meanwhile, Van Gaal has admitted that the younger players in the team will get opportunities during the course of the season, but has advised them to remain patient. The former Barcelona manager has integrated a number of youth team stars into the senior squad since his arrival with Paddy McNair, Adnan Januzaj and Pereira getting ample opportunities since the start of last season.
The latest entrant from the youth setup is Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, who has been fast tracked into the team following an injury crisis in the full-back positions. The 18-year-old left-back has been deputised in the absence of Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo and has received high praise from the manager for his composure despite being thrown into the deep end.
"The younger players will get their opportunities during the course of the season but they have to be patient, an aspect that can be difficult to understand when you are so eager to play," Van Gaal said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
"It is important that players can cope with the mentality of being a professional footballer as well as the physicality, and I have been impressed with the younger players who have come into the first team.
"They have coped very well in what is a very difficult league and I think that has shown in Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, who has integrated into the squad in a short space of time. You can see on the pitch that his confidence is improving all the time by his controlled, unfazed manner when on the ball," the Dutchman explained.