Andreas Pereira has insisted it was difficult to play under Louis van Gaal at Manchester United, as he was used out of position.

The Belgium-born Brazil youth international has endured a slow start to his United career, playing in only five league matches since signing for the club in 2014.

New manager Jose Mourinho decided to loan out Pereira for the coming season, though, rather than keep him within the Red Devils’ Under-21 ranks.

Indeed, the Portuguese coach had attempted to arrange a move to Fulham earlier this summer, but the 20-year-old has now penned a season-long contract with Granada.

Pereira made his debut for the Liga club this weekend, creating one chance and completing just 65% of his passes in a substitute stint against Las Palmas.

Following his move to Spain, the playmaker has reflected on his career in the North West of England thus far, and particularly the impact of Van Gaal.

When asked if he found it difficult to play in the Dutchman’s side, Pereira told Beyond the Pitch: “I think it was, because I’m really not a left winger.

“I’m more of a midfielder. He wanted me to play [wide], so I had to adapt.”

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Culled from Squawka and Beyond the pitch