From being told by his footballer father of United’s tentative interest in him as a teenager, to the first meeting with the managerial colossus Alex Ferguson and being greeted in Portuguese.
“I was starstruck and I just wanted to join United straight away,” Pereira recalls in an interview with The Associated Press. “He told me there was always a place for a Brazilian in his team … and I didn’t want to leave.”
Pereira would have to wait until he was 16 to officially start in the United academy in 2012. But there was a moment of confusion