Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Castro Pereira has returned to Rochdale for a second loan stint.

The 19-year-old, who signed a new deal with United in August, initially joined the League One side on a month-loan loan in October, but returned to Old Trafford earlier this month having made just one appearance.

While Rochdale boss Keith Hill had been vocal in his praise for the young Belgian, celebrating his "remarkable" passing range, he revealed Pereira wanted assurances of first-team football opportunities, something he was unable to provide him.

While that appeared to have prompted his return to his parent club, Hill stressed he would welcome back the Belgian shotstopper with "open arms".

In confirming his return, Rochdale said in a short statement: "Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Castro Pereira will be moving to Spotland for a second stint on loan. The popular stopper has signed loan terms until 3 January 2016 and will be part of Keith Hill's squad for the trip to Doncaster this weekend.

"Pereira made his one and only appearance for Rochdale in the Johnstone Paints Trophy against Morecambe. Despite defeat in the competition, Joel endeared himself to the fans after saving a penalty and celebrating with the Sandy Lane faithful. He will continue to wear his number 44 shirt."

Despite making just one appearance for the club during his first spell, Rochdale boss Hill has spoken enthusiastically about Pereira's future, predicting the teenager will go on and establish himself at the top level.

Speaking after the defeat to Morecambe, Hill said: One good thing to come out of the night was Joel's performance and I think he is going to be a top, top goalkeeper. He has pedigree and what he has been producing in training was better than what we saw against Morecambe."

"His pass range is remarkable, he has composure and a thirst to win, he reads an opponent very well."