United midfielder does not want January return to Old Trafford

Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has admitted that he would prefer to spend the remainder of the 2017-18 campaign on loan at Spanish club Valencia.

Pereira, 21, went against the wishes of United boss Jose Mourinho to join Valencia on a season-long loan during the summer transfer window.

The playmaker has scored once and provided one assist in seven La Liga appearances this season, with his form drawing admiring glances.

United have the chance to recall Pereira during the January transfer window, and it is understood that Mourinho is exploring that possibility due to his injury problems in midfield.

Pereira, however, has revealed that he wants to spend the whole season with Valencia before returning to Old Trafford ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

Pereira told AS:

“When I signed, I knew that this clause existed. But now I am calm, focused on Valencia. Nobody called me from Manchester.

“I’m calm, if they want them to go back they’ll call. I want to stay here for the whole season because I’m fit, I feel good… If I had to go back it would be difficult again.”

Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick are all currently on the sidelines for United, who suffered their first Premier League defeat of the season away to Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon.

Scott McTominay, who benefited from Pereira’s departure, could be given the chance to impress when United visit Swansea City in the fourth round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.