Jose Mourinho has questioned young midfielder Andreas Pereira’s decision to leave Old Trafford on loan to Valencia rather than stay and fight for a place in Manchester United’s first-team squad.
“His was a personal decision that I don’t agree with, a decision I don’t think honestly is the best decision for him, a decision that disappoints me,” Mourinho said at the team’s Carrington training base on Friday.
“He has the potential to be fighting for a position, fighting for opportunities and fighting to be a Manchester United player.”
‘I think his decision can be considered a decision of a young player who wants to play every weekend, but can also be considered a decision of a young player that is not ready to fight for something difficult – and it’s difficult to play in Manchester United’s midfield.
‘You have to be ready to fight for the position and I am a bit disappointed that he left.
‘But, okay, it was his decision, I open the door for his decision. He has a long-term contract, we have an option to bring him back on January 1, we have that situation under control.
‘So is not a drama, but it is a decision which disappoints me a little bit.’