Middlesbrough have made an enquiry for Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira, who is not in Jose Mourinho's first-team plans for the upcoming season. The Portuguese manager is keen for the Brazilian to get regular first-team experience and is open to let him leave the club on a temporary basis.

A number of the youth team players who are on the fringes of the first-team have been allowed to leave the club this summer. Donald Love and Paddy McNair were the latest to join the exodus after they completed a permanent switch to Sunderland. Adnan Januzaj has also joined the Black Cats, but the move is a temporary one until the end of the 2016/17 campaign.

Similarly, the Old Trafford club are not ready to let the Brazil U23 international leave on a permanent basis, but are willing to sanction a loan move. Premier League newcomers Middlesbrough are keen to sign the midfielder, for whom they made a move and failed during the final months of their campaign in the Championship.

The Daily Mail reports that Aitor Karanka is keen to take Pereira to Riverside and could utilise his good relationship with Mourinho to beat other interested clubs to the signing. The Brazilian, however, has indicated he is keen to remain at Old Trafford and continue training with the first-team and use any opportunity that comes his way during the domestic cup competitions to show the manager that he belongs with the first-team.

"I want to show the manager, to show the people around the club, to show the players that I can help this season," Pereira said after United's win over Wigan Athletic in their first pre-season game, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

Andreas Pereira
Andreas Pereira is keen to stay at United and fight for his first-team place Getty

"It's very important for me. I want to show this in training and just keep working hard. I'm very happy I scored in the Wigan game, it was not a bad strike at all. I can play in other positions but I enjoyed that role a lot," he added.