Granada's Andreas Pereira ready to impress on Manchester United return

Andreas Pereira is ready to return to Manchester United and stake a claim for a spot in Jose Mourinho's lineup.

Pereira, 21, joined Spanish club Granada on a season-long loan in August last year and has played in 26 matches, scoring four goals in the process.

Despite being on loan, the midfielder revealed that Mourinho and his assistant Rui Faria have been monitoring his progress.

Having had a taste of playing for the Red Devils during Louis Van Gaal's rein, where he made 13 appearances, the Brazilian youngster is keen to don the United jersey again.

"It was nice to hear from Jose Mourinho [ahead of the loan] and it's nice that the people at United trust me and I always feel that they are watching. For me, that's very important," Pereira told United's official website.

"I don't feel like you're left alone when you go on loan, and it feels good. I still feel part of it. I'm doing my thing here but I'm still a United player and that's the end of the story.

"[Assistant manager] Rui Faria sometimes sends me messages and asks how it is going. He contacted me to say I scored a good goal and I am happy when I get recognised for doing good things and to know that they're watching.

"Hopefully, I will come back next season and show the fans and everyone at United that I am ready."

While his long-term future lies at Old Trafford, Pereira is focused on trying to keep Granada from being relegated -- they sit in 19th place - for the remainder of the season.

"I'm playing well," he added. "I'm trying to do my job and am getting a lot of minutes. It has been very good playing here at a high level in Spain, in La Liga, every week. I get to train and focus hard for the games and, for me, it has been very good.

"Unfortunately for the team, it has been a bit difficult this season but we're trying to get out of this situation as quickly as possible."