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Man Utd fans can't believe one player stays after Pereira joins Valencia on loan

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Jose Mourinho's second summer transfer window at Manchester United was a resounding success, despite missing out on a number of top targets.

Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof all arrived at the club for a combined £150 million, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently signed a one-year deal.

It's Lukaku and Matic that have impressed most since joining United, while Lindelof has so far struggled but will no doubt come into his own soon enough.

Mourinho made his intentions clear at the beginning of the summer to make four signings and that's exactly what he did, even if Ibrahimovic was technically already at the club.

It could have been even better, though, had one of Gareth Bale or Ivan Perisic joined the Red Devils like they were expected to.

It was thought that Bale would complete a big-money move to Old Trafford from Real Madrid - even Cristiano Ronaldo had his suspicions - but nothing materialised.

It's been a promising summer for United nonetheless - yet it's ended on a somewhat sour note.

As confirmed by the Red Devils on Twitter, Andreas Pereira has joined Valencia on a season-long loan, despite previous reports suggesting that Mourinho wanted him to stay.

Even Pereira thought he would be playing at United this season, saying in July: "Now I am focused at United. I am here and I want to stay here and I believe I am going to stay.

"It is a very nice feeling [to be back], I am very happy. I am glad that I am here on the tour. I think I will have the chance to kick on and I want to kick on here."

Pereira is a top talent and it's safe to say Mourinho's decision to send the 21-year-old out on loan for a second-successive season hasn't gone down well with the fans.

In fact, United fans are all saying pretty much the same thing in response: it's a terrible decision and Jesse Lingard should have left instead. Here's how Twitter reacted.

TWITTER REACTS

United fans have a point. Lingard chips in with the occasional important goal for his club but on the whole doesn't do enough.

The 24-year-old managed just one goal and two assists in 25 Premier League games last season, which is an abysmal return that makes Mourinho's faith in him all the more bewildering.

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