Manchester United Complete First Deal Of January Transfer Window

Aakarsh / 05 January 2017

Jose Mourinho and Manchester United will be relatively pleased with the start his team has made in the new year when fixture comes thick and fast.

They are now unbeaten in the last 11 games in the Premier League and are in the 6th place, not too far away from a place in the top 4 and the manager will hope that his side can keep up the good work for the rest of the season, to try and even compete for the title.

However, Mourinho will know that he will need a few players to add to the squad, to balance all the 4 competitions that they are playing in and this has seen Manchester United being linked with a move for star players in January.

But a recent report suggests that the Portuguese manager has decided to not spend big, but has now finished his first transfer of the January transfer window.

Reports from the Express state that Jose Mourinho has brought back Joel Pereira to the club early this month.

The 20-year old goalkeeper was sent out on loan at the start of the season to Portuguese side Belenenses. He made 8 starts for the side in all competitions so far but Mourinho is now happy to have him at the Old Trafford as a cover for the senior shot-stopper David de Gea and Sergio Romero in the squad.

Speaking to Sport Witness after he move back to Manchester United, Pereira said, “I’d like to thank everyone at Belenenses who helped me to develop my game and become a better player,”

“From the president to the coaches, all my teammates, I really appreciate the opportunity that was given to me,” he added.

He praised the Portuguese outfit for their help in improving him as a player and wished them good luck.

“It was a great experience to be able to play for such a traditional club from the Portuguese league and be capable of helping the team to get good results,” Pereira continued.

The 20-year old is yet to make an appearance for the senior side at the Old Trafford but with the Europa League, the FA  Cup and the Capital One Cup keeping the squad busy, Pereira will get his fair chances this season on goal at the club.

The shot-stopper also went on to say that he was happy to be back in England and that he hopes to play a major role and take the club to greater heights.

“As I’m a Manchester United player, I need to do what my club asks and I’m anxious to return to Manchester and keep working hard with my teammates,” he concluded.

He is expected to take the place of Sam Johnstone, who might leave the club, giving Mourinho another option at the back.

Do you think Pereira was better off in Portugal?