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Joel Castro Pereira joined Manchester United in the summer of 2012 following a successful trial period with the club’s Academy and his career has very much been on the up ever since.

A popular player with bags of talent and determination, former Reds boss Jose Mourinho has predicted his compatriot will become the outstanding Portuguese goalkeeper of his generation. A real character, the towering glovesman has already experienced a lot in his fledgling career. One of the highlights includes his starring role in the Under-21s’ Premier League title success in 2015/16, as well his Goalkeeper of the Tournament award that he won at the Toulon Tournament in 2016. At that competition, he also scored the winning penalty in a third/fourth-placed play-off. Joel’s loan move to Football League side Rochdale Town also proved to be beneficial, but it was his temporary switch to Portuguese club Belenenses in the first half of 2016/17 that really proved his quality in the professional ranks. In fact, it was that successful spell which convinced Mourinho to recall the talented youngster in January 2017 to become part of his first-team squad at Old Trafford. Pereira was quickly named on the bench for the FA Cup tie against Reading and in the following round made a deserved senior debut versus Wigan Athletic, capping his rise through the ranks. As well as immense potential, our no.40 yields an attitude that has earned plenty of admiration within the club. “I just want people to have a good image of me as a football player and also as a person. And that's it!” So tough is the competition for places at United that Pereira made just one senior appearance in 2017/18, as a substitute in the EFL Cup victory over Burton Albion at Old Trafford, although it is hoped he can add to his tally in the coming years. Despite struggling for game-time during the 2017/18 campaign, he continued to develop his immeasurable potential as United's third-choice keeper, working alongside David De Gea and Sergio Romero at the Aon Training Complex, where the triumvirate have established an excellent working relationship. The highly-rated keeper was heavily involved throughout Tour 2018, presented by Aon, and was particularly instrumental in the International Champions Cup penalty shootout triumph over AC Milan. However, the arrival of Lee Grant facilitated a temporary spell away from Old Trafford in order to obtain regular first-team football. On 2 August 2018, Pereira returned to Portugal, joining Vitoria Setubal on loan. After that move ended in January 2019, he linked up with Belgian outfit KV Kortrijk on a similar basis.

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Joel Pereira.

Pereira leaves on loan Article

United goalkeeper Joel Pereira has made a second temporary move away from the club this season.

Joel Pereira.

Duo return to United Article

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Dean Henderson roars towards the Sheffield United crowd.

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The nine United men currently plying their trade away from Old Trafford are continuing to gain valuable experience.

Jose Mourinho on the training ground.

Jose explains loan policy Article

The boss says there is one key factor when it comes to approving loan deals at United.

Joel Pereira is happy after helping United beat AC Milan.

Pereira seals season-long loan Article

Highly-rated goalkeeper Joel will enhance his education with a temporary move to a Portuguese club.

Joel Pereira shakes hands with Pepe Reina after United's penalty shootout win over AC Milan

Joel: I’ll return to repay Jose’s faith Article

Our shoot-out star Joel Pereira will go out on loan – and wants to fight for his place when he comes back.

Joel Pereira with Antonio Valencia.
Joel Pereira says

"When I came here, I knew straight away it’s where I have to be. It immediately felt like home. The staff and players welcomed me very well and it felt good. It was a good challenge for me."

Joel Pereira.
Joel Pereira says

"I think United are the team that stood out the most. My agent knew a bit about the Academy here and told me, for myself and my development, United was the best Academy for young players."

Joel Pereira at the Aon Training Complex.

Why Pereira made the right move Article

Joel Pereira explains his decision to join Manchester United and learn his trade at the Aon Training Complex.

Joel Pereira.
Happy birthday, Joel! 🎈

Joel Pereira turns 22 today. The Portuguese keeper has kept two clean sheets in his three senior outings for the Reds so far.

Jose Mourinho is photographed by fans as he walks out onto the pitch ahead of United's International Champions Cup match against Barcelona in July 2017

A month until our first tour game! Article

The World Cup may be under way but the countdown to United’s pre-season tour has begun.

Joel Pereira
Joel Pereira says

"Tour is a very important time – you need to enjoy the moment and take it as an opportunity to prove yourself."

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