Erik ten Hag hails Andreas Pereira‘s progress at Fulham since departing Manchester

Andreas Pereira is looking forward to returning to Old Trafford.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is happy with the progress of Andreas Pereira at Fulham and he hailed the Brazilian.

The Brazilian international left United last summer in a deal worth up to £10m with add-ons to join West London side Fulham. He will face his former club on Sunday in FA Cup.

Pereira has been outstanding since his arrival at Fulham. His club moved to 9th in the table and he netted three goals including 6 assists this season.

Speaking ahead of the FA Cup game, Ten Hag said, “Andreas Pereira is a really good player; I [have] known him already a long time; I had him in the youth team at PSV before he transferred to Manchester United.”

“I am really happy for him and that he is progressing that well. I think it was the right step for him as I think he has to play on a regular basis.”

When asked if he regretted allowing the Belgian-born midfielder to depart, he said adding, “he didn’t do it over several years at Manchester United, [but] then there comes the point where you have to switch, maybe to take a step back to progress in the future and I think he is doing a good job, that is quite obvious, as is Fulham. They are playing in a good way.”

Being a United player for over ten years, Pereira spent almost half of it on loan, with successful periods at Granada, Valencia, Lazio, and Flamengo.

Pereira recently revealed, “I didn’t speak with Ten Hag. I know him because I worked with him at PSV, but I was determined in my head, and maybe if I spoke with the manager again, I would stay. In my head, I was thinking, ‘I need to go, I need to feel confident and play’, and that’s what I did.”

The academy graduate is looking forward to returning to Manchester, saying, “I’ll have mixed emotions. It’s a difficult game, but I’m happy to play against Manchester United. It will be my first time back and feeling that atmosphere. I’ve never been there as a visitor, so that it will be something new.”

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