Andreas Pereira appears to be leaving Manchester United on a one-year loan deal.

Fabrizio Romano reports that the loan to Flamengo is “done and closed” until a formal announcement is made.

Flamengo will pay part of Pereira’s salary and for United it’s as good as it gets.

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Use minutes before the season

Pereira was given a surprisingly large role last season and the risk doesn’t seem to have paid off.

The midfielder played 45 minutes against Derby, 65 minutes against QPR and 61 minutes against Brentford.

While there was an equal split against Derby, the talented youngster Ethan Galbraith had to be content with a substitute role as a right-back due to his presence in midfield.

Against QPR and Brentford, Pereira played more minutes than Galbraith, James Garner, Hannibal, Dylan Levitt and Shola Shoretire.

Versus Everton got Pereira 30 minutes while Galbraith, Levitt, Shoretire and Hannibal got less than a minute, while Garner got 21 minutes.

Pereira sat on the United bench against Leeds last weekend while James Garner watched from the stands.

Gambling doesn’t pay off

United sacrificed a few extra minutes to develop the young talent in the books to give Pereira playing time and importance, despite clearly not having a role in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.

Pereira’s spectacular volley against Brentford was a beautiful moment that may have put United’s plan into focus.

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It was United that Pereira put in the window. If United had collected a fee of £ 20m, maybe even £ 10m, it would have been worth it.

Instead, United’s efforts to get Pereira paid have failed. A loan is a lackluster deal for the club to hit for the midfielder.

This would have been achievable whether or not Pereira had played, even if it had been until the deadline, United would have found a club for him.

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