Portuguese goalkeeper Joel Pereira is keen to live up to his potential with Manchester United. The 21-year-old is currently the Red Devils’ third-choice goalkeeper behind David de Gea and Sergio Romero, but he has been backed by Jose Mourinho to become one of Portugal’s best shot-stoppers of the current generation.
Pereira made his first-team debut for Manchester United during the backend of last season, where he was brought on as an 80th-minute substitute for Romero in a FA Cup fourth round tie versus Wigan Athletic. Since then, he has been rewarded with a four-year contract until the summer of 2021 with Mourinho seeing him as a quality recruit, who can contribute for the club in the long-run.
At present, Pereira can’t expect any playing time with the Red Devils, but the probable departure of De Gea in the future could see him promoted higher up in the ranks. De Gea has repeatedly been linked with Real Madrid since his failed move during the summer of 2015, and reports suggest that Los Blancos could return for the shot-stopper at the end of the current season. De Gea’s current deal expires in the summer of 2019 but with the option of a 12-month extension clause.