Manchester United Pereira planning Man Utd future despite defying Mourinho Chris Burton 22:04 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United Valencia Primera División Premier League José Mourinho The 22-year-old midfielder took the decision to join Valencia on loan last summer despite being urged by his manager to remain at Old Trafford Andreas Pereira still wants to be a Manchester United player despite defying Jose Mourinho’s wishes to secure a loan switch to Valencia.A highly-regarded talent at Old Trafford was urged to stay put last summer as the Red Devils pieced together their plans for 2017-18.The 22-year-old was, however, of the opinion that his development would be better served by more regular football in Spain, having spent the previous campaign with Granada. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Pereira admits that was a tough decision and insists he remains fully committed to United long-term.He told The Guardian: “[At first] I was thinking that I want to stay. But as the pre-season went on I had the feeling: ‘I don’t think I’m going to play enough, I’m not going to get a lot of minutes. I have to play, I have to continue developing’.“I knew I would get some game time at United but here I’m playing every week and being important for the team.“It was a very difficult decision. I never want to leave United but I want to play as well. In the end it will make me a better player and I will still be a United player.”Pereira also believes that Mourinho will forgive him for jumping ship, with United thinking enough of him to have tied him to a new contract through to 2019 shortly after his departure for La Liga.“He told me I had to stay but I wanted to play and get more minutes,” added the Belgium-born Brazil U23 international.“He wanted me to stay there and it was important [to him], but I needed to do this. This was important for me and my career. And I’m sure if it works out, next year I will be back there and it will be better for both of us.“In the end I think he is happy because he is a very honest coach. I was talking to him right up to the very last minute when I came here.”Pereira has made 22 appearances for Valencia in all competitions this season, netting one goal and providing three assists.