Solskjaer opens door for return of Man Utd outcast

Date published: Friday 22nd October 2021 9:14 - Will Ford

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer grins

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left the door open for Andreas Pereira to return to the club after his loan spell.

The Brazilian is currently with Brazilian side Flamengo and has also had spells at Granada, Valencia and Lazio since the 2016-17 season.

Solskjaer believes it was important for the 25-year-old to be playing consistently this season, but believes the midfielder will return to the club.

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Solskjaer told TNT Sports (via Caughtoffside): “Yes, we follow. Of course. [Pereira] is a great player and a fantastic person. I’m so happy for him and knowing he’s enjoying this moment.

“For us, the logic was: Andreas, go and show how good you are.

“I couldn’t give him enough playing time, and we know the quality he has. When they believe in him, he’s a top-quality player, so I’m happy for him.”

Solskjaer added: “At a certain point in a player’s career, it’s important to have enough playing time at the highest level.

“Last year Andreas was on loan and didn’t play as much. Last season he played a lot of games with us, soon after we brought Bruno [Fernandes].

“I’m happy for Andreas now, and we’ll see him again soon.”

Meanwhile, Glen Johnson claims Solskjaer would benefit from taking a leaf out of Jose Mourinho’s book at United.

Asked whether Solskjaer had to be more ruthless and start dropping some of his big-name players in order to get a better functioning team, the ex-England international, in conjunction with William Hill, told the PA news agency: “Absolutely, I think you have to.

“Mourinho had it when we were at Chelsea. The team he would leave out on a Saturday was pretty much good enough to finish in the top six.

“If you want to be the manager of a top club you have to be able to make the ruthless decisions.

“He has to make some big decisions and he has to leave some big names out. Mourinho literally couldn’t care less.

“He knew he had a job and he protected his own job by picking a team to win a certain football match.

“If you want to work in big clubs that is what you have to do, you have to have that zero-tolerance attitude really.

“Ole comes across as a really nice guy and I can’t imagine he wants to upset many people.

“That’s fine, he can do it his way, he doesn’t have to upset people, he can deliver the message however he wants. But he has to deliver it at some point.”


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