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Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has admitted that he could leave the club on loan during the ongoing January transfer window due to lack of regular game time with the first-team. The Brazilian youngster was expected to feature more following his impressive performances during pre-season, but has been limited to just seven appearances in all competitions thus far this campaign.
The 20-year-old, who is primarily an attacking midfielder, can also play on the left wing or as a secondary striker. Pereira, however, has a number of players ahead of him in the pecking order and despite making the bench on 11 occasions in the Premier League he has featured as a substitute on just three occasions.
The Brazil U20 international is keen on staying with the Red Devils and fighting for his place in the team, but understands that he might have to leave the club on a temporary basis in order to get regular first-team football. The midfielder, who is frustrated at the lack of opportunities, has featured for the United U21's in their recent fixtures and gave Louis van Gaal a reminder of his talents with a brace against the Tottenham Hotspur reserves on 4 January.
"Yeah but you just have to handle these kind of things, keep waiting for your opportunity and I think that's what I'm doing, and just keep working hard," Pereira said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
"Of course you want to play every game, but I have been on the bench. When I come on I want to help my team, so hopefully next time [maybe I can start]."
"Normally yes so we will see what happens," he said when asked about leaving on loan. "I want to stay here, of course, but you never know. We will see," the Brazilian youth international added.