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What followed was a host of Premier League clubs, including Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal entering the race for the Duffel-born midfielder. However, it was an appearance from Sir Alex Ferguson that turned the tide, with Manchester United earning themselves a new star in the end.
Fast forward six years, and Pereira finds himself on the fringes of first team football at Old Trafford. Despite Granada's relegation, he caught the eye during his time in Spain has he showed his midfield versatility - capable of playing in the number ten position, as a left-winger and more recently in a deeper number six role.
The 21-year-old's versatility makes him a dream for José Mourinho if the Manchester United manager was to switch to a 4-3-3, a formation which brings out the best in record-signing Paul Pogba. Pereira's attacking flair along with his grace on the ball allows him to play anywhere in a midfield three.
However, there's no doubt that the number ten role is the midfielder's best position. Before the Colombian joined Bayern Munich, reports suggested United had enquired about
There's no reason as to why chances shouldn't be awarded to Pereira as United compete in four different competitions next season, with the objective to win all four. Either as a ten, out wide or as a deep-lying playmaker, Pereira can offer Mourinho multiple solutions without having to spend a penny and following the philosophy at Old Trafford of bringing through youth products.