Andreas Pereira’s cup final blunder could cost Man Utd £17m and ruin Ralf Rangnick's transfer plans
1st December 2021

MANCHESTER UNITED could lose out on £17million after Andreas Pereira's error in the Copa Libertadores final.

The 25-year-old, who is currently on loan at Flamengo from Old Trafford, produced a costly slip to hand Palmeiras the trophy.

With the score 1-1 between Flamengo and Palmeiras after 90 minutes a tense final headed into extra time.

And four minutes into the additional period Pereira dropped into the backline to pick up the ball.

He scuffed his initial pass, before slipping on his second attempt, leaving Deyverson through on goal.

And the Palmeiras striker duly converted to net what turned out to be the winning goal.

The error means Flamengo may now opt against signing him permanently at the end of the season – something which could scupper new boss Ralf Rangnick's future transfer plans.

“You can count on me, I’ll stay here until we win the next one,” Pereira told Flamengo fan group Raça Rubro Negra after his error.

But a permanent place in Brazil is not guaranteed for Pereira.

And, according to reports in South America, Flamengo are already attempting to drive the £17m asking price down – a negotiating tactic they are in a strong position to use following his major error.

Pereira, whose contract at Old Trafford expires in 2023, has been utilised as a deeper-lying midfielder in Brazil.

But he would still be behind a host of Man Utd players in the pecking order if he is to return.

Fred, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba have all been involved so far this season.

And new boss Rangnick has been linked with a host of midfielders that he could add to the squad.

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These include Borussia Monchengladbach man Denis Zakaria and RB Lepizig's Amadou Haidara.

United currently sit eighth in the Premier League table heading into their clash with Arsenal on Thursday night.

Rangnick will be in the stands to watch his new side, but interim manager Michael Carrick will take charge of the game.

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