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Man United trigger Andreas Pereira’s contract extension

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Manchester United have taken up their option to extend Andreas Pereira’s contract by another 12 months.

The 23-year-old midfielder enjoyed impressive loan spells in La Liga for both Granada and Valencia across the past two seasons before returning to Old Trafford last summer.

However, life back at United hadn’t gone as well as Pereira had hoped on the back of struggles for regular game time.

The one-time Brazil international has featured in just nine of United’s 30 Premier League games this season, with only four of them coming as a starter.

Therefore, Pereira has been expected to leave United in the summer with his original contract having been set to expire in June.

But Sky Sports reports that the Red Devils have now activated a 12-month extension option in their deal with Pereira to likely avoid the risk of losing him for nothing this summer.

The Brazilian could be sold at the end of the season to help fund United’s budget as they look to bring in reinforcements during the summer transfer window for next season.

On the other hand though, this new development could hand Pereira an unlikely chance to prove his worth to United once more with caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggesting there may be hope for him yet.

The 46-year-old made these comments after Pereira scored his first Premier League goal through a spectacular long-range effort as United defeated Southampton 3-2 on March 3.

“He has gone through the academy, he has loads of energy and drive,” said Solskjaer.

“Maybe we found a better position for him. He is more of a No8 or 10 than a six.

“Young kids when they get criticism, there is nothing better than seeing them grab their chance.”

More recently, United have deployed Pereira as a holding midfielder and he also played a big role in their comeback Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain last week.