Joel Pereira has joined the rest of the Manchester United squad on their pre-season tour of Australia. Having joined the club when he was 16, he has played for four different clubs on loan, including Portuguese side Vitoria FC and Belgian team K.V. Kortrijk last season.
The goalkeekeper has said that he is in great shape and is hoping to go out on loan again next season.
I feel amazing. I have been working very hard. Physically I feel great. I have prepared myself for this moment and I am feeling really well. I am just trying to give my best every day in training.
I think that in this new season it will be important for me to play somewhere, so probably going on loan will be the best option for me, to get some games to come back better and stronger.
We will see, we are looking at some options. Maybe I will stay in the UK and that will be great for me. The club is doing the work. My only focus is here in Australia, I am focused on the training every single day and in the games that are coming up.
Richard Hartis has returned to United as goalkeeping coach this summer, having been the head of goalkeeping from 2000-2010. Hartis coached Edwin Van der Sar, who is one of Pereira’s heroes, leaving the youngster excited to work with him.
Obviously it is amazing. Richard has been part of the club before, he knows where Manchester United belongs and he wants to bring it back up there. He wants to make us understand that Manchester United belongs at the top. These last 10 days I have been working with him, me and the rest of the goalkeepers have enjoyed it a lot. He has a lot of experience and he can help us a lot.
Edwin was one of my idols when I was growing up. Knowing that Richard has worked with him is amazing for me. Like I said, Edwin was one of my idols and now we have the same coach, which is great. Richard can help me a lot with his experience.