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Manchester United's Andreas Pereira wants to avoid loan this season

LOS ANGELES -- Andreas Pereira wants to stay at Manchester United this season rather than head out on loan.

The midfielder, 22, has spent the last two campaigns in Spain, first with Granada and then with Valencia, but has returned to United this summer and is part of the group on a five-game tour of the United States.

And despite speculation he could again agree a temporary move, the Brazil youth international insists he wants to stay at Old Trafford.

"It's my intention to stay here and help the club and help the team," Pereira told a news conference at UCLA on Tuesday ahead of United's clash with AC Milan at the StubHub Center in Carson.

"That's my first intention, so I want to do everything that I can to stay at the club and help United this season."

Pereira defied Jose Mourinho's wishes to sign for Valencia on deadline day 12 months ago. The United manager wanted him to stay at Old Trafford while Pereira was keen to find more regular first-team football.

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Andreas Pereira

He made 23 appearances in La Liga last season, scoring once, and Pereira insists he made the right choice.

"I think it was on my personal level needed to play another season regularly and it was good for me as well and I think it's good for the team and the club that I'm more prepared now than last year," he added.

"I spoke with [Mourinho] about that and now this season I want to stay and do my best for the club. I feel a better player now than last year.

"I learned a lot in Spain, they were two very important seasons for me, especially from the tactical and physical point, I learnt a lot and now it's a good experience to come back here and play for United."

Part of Pereira's education this summer will be directed by Michael Carrick, Mourinho's new first-team coach.

And, after being labelled as a No.6 by the United manager, the Belgian-born playmaker insists there is no one better to learn from.

"He gives me advice all the time, he's very good for me and always tells me what to do and helps me in training, if I do something wrong he tells me and even if I do something good he will tell me as well," he said.

"He played in that exact same position, so it's very easy to learn off him and if he tells you something it's so easy to pick it up because you understand it straight away. So I'm very lucky he's there for me."

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