Fulham attacking midfielder Andreas Pereira has told the Brazilian press that making the summer move to Craven Cottage from Manchester United was ‘the best thing’ for his career.

The Brazilian international has enjoyed an excellent start to his career in London, scoring three goals and adding six assists in 29 appearances for Marco Silva’s side and told O Dia of his delight at overcoming an initial reluctance to join the newly promoted Whites whilst he was on loan with Flamengo.

“These are things that happen in football. There was a phase at Flamengo that was difficult. I know what happened, I felt it first-hand. But unfortunately, in the end, when things were working out, it turned out to be too late to negotiate with Manchester United. They no longer wanted to negotiate with Flamengo. I understand the Flamengo part and I understand the Manchester United part, but I think the best thing for me was coming to Fulham.” 

The 27 year-old will enjoy a reunion with his former club in the FA Cup in a fortnight’s time after the Whites were drawn against United in the quarter final to be played at Old Trafford on the weekend of 18th and 19th March.