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Louis van Gaal refuses to let Andreas Pereira leave Manchester United

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Andreas Pereira's hopes of leaving Manchester United in the January transfer window have been destroyed after Louis van Gaal ruled out any more loan deals, according to The Sun.

The 20-year-old had originally hoped to break into the first-team at Old Trafford after an impressive campaign for the under-21 side last year. He was named the club's under-21 player of the season and had been tipped to make the jump to Van Gaal's senior team.

But he is yet to start a Premier League game and has made just three substitute appearances from the bench. He has also appeared in the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup, but it has not enough to help him develop further.

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As a result, the Brazil Under-20 international was hoping to seal a loan move to another Premier League club in the current transfer window. And, until recently, it appeared as though his wish would be granted. That was until Van Gaal stepped in.

The Dutchman, not exactly a popular figure with both fans and players at the moment, has drawn a line under all loan deals for the current campaign to guard against the mother of all injury crises.

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Injury crisis

Adnan Januzaj, Tyler Blackett and James Wilson were all allowed to leave on a temporary basis earlier in the campaign, but injuries left Van Gaal short in every department. That has left him wary of allowing any more stars to leave, meaning Pereira must accept his place in the Manchester United reserves.

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Sacking

There is, of course, a chance that Pereira could still leave Old Trafford this month with Van Gaal likely to face the sack if the Red Devils lose to Derby County in the FA Cup on Friday evening.

With the dictator dethroned, the Belgian-born winger may find his successor more open to the idea of loaning him out. He could easily complete a move in time for Monday's transfer deadline.

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