Joel Pereira may be Manchester United’s third-choice goalkeeper, but the young Portuguese believes if he works hard and manages to impress manager Jose Mourinho in pre-season, then his chances of playing for the first-team will get a significant boost. 

"Pre-season is always good for every player," Pereira was quoted as saying by the club website.

The young goalkeeper, who has been tipped by Mourinho to be a future Portugal No.1, was handed his first senior start in United’s final home game of last season against Crystal Palace back in May.

"It’s a good opportunity ahead of the new season, as that’s where everything starts. If you do well in pre-season, you can prove to the manager that you’re ready to play. 

“I will work hard to get game time, and I will take it step-by-step to see how it goes,” Pereira added. 

The Red Devils face the likes of Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona during their pre-season tour of the USA, games which Pereira believes can help the players gauge their progress ahead of the new Premier League campaign.

"I think they will be exciting games.

"We’re Manchester United and those teams are at our level, and we should be playing teams at our level like this to get ready for next season,” the 6’2 shot-stopper stressed.