Jose Mourinho has revealed that Joel Pereira will start in goal against LA Galaxy in our first pre-season game at the weekend.
Mourinho is a huge fan of the 21-year-old goalkeeper and has gone as far as claiming he will be Portugal’s no.1 one day.
Earlier this week, Pereira, who has been at the club for five years, signed a new contract extension to keep him at United until 2021. Mourinho was full of praise for him.
Joel progressed really well during the course of the last season through hard work and commitment every day in training. I know I have said this before but I really do believe, if he continues his development and continues to work hard, he really can become the best Portuguese goalkeeper of the next generation. Well done Joel.
De Gea will be on the bench for the game against LA Galaxy, while Sergio Romero and Pereira will be the goalkeepers chosen for the second game against Real Salt Lake. For the third game, against Manchester City, De Gea and Romero will be in the team.