With Jose Mourinho set to announce him as the starting goalkeeper for Manchester United’s final English Premier League game of the season, young Joel Pereira is unfazed by the prospect of starting his first-ever senior game for the Red Devils on Sunday.
Pereira made his first-team debut as a substitute in January’s FA Cup win over Wigan Athletic and, earlier in May, Mourinho said he could be “the best Portuguese goalkeeper of the next generation”.
“They're nice words and now I need to prove that he’s right!” Pereira was quoted as saying by the club website.
“When one of the best managers in the world puts confidence like that in you, you can only feel good,” the 20-year-old added.
With Mourinho focusing on Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax, there is a high probability that a few academy players will feature in Sunday’s clash with Crystal Palace.
“It’s a big day coming up for the young players. As the manager said, some of us will get a chance and we’re looking forward to it. Hopefully we’ll get a good result, everybody will enjoy it and we’ll play well," he added.
Pereira, who joined the English giants from Swiss side Neuchatel Xamax in 2012, enjoyed a successful loan spell at Belenenses in his homeland during the first half of the 2016-17 season, before returning to Old Trafford in January when Sam Johnstone was loaned to Aston Villa.
(All quotes are from www.manutd.com)