Joel Pereira: Manchester United goalkeeper joins Hearts on loan

Joel Pereira played in pre-season games for Manchester United this summer

Joel Pereira played in pre-season games for Manchester United this summer

Manchester United goalkeeper, Joel Pereira has left Old Trafford on a season-long loan to Scottish side, Hearts.

Pereira has made just three competitive appearances for United since emerging from their academy in 2015, however, and was behind David De Gea, Sergio Romero and Lee Grant in the goalkeeping pecking order.

Pereira will compete for his place with Hearts' first-team stoppers Zdenek Zlamal and Colin Doyle.

Pereira, whose contract at Old Trafford runs until 2021, is the second United player to move to Tynecastle in recent years, following in the footsteps of Demetri Mitchell, who spent a season and a half with the Edinburgh side.

The new recruit, who played in two pre-season matches for United in Australia last month, insists he is ready to be pitched into battle at Fir Park on Friday.

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"I had a friend that was here before, Demi, and I spoke with him about the club, about the league and he told me a lot of positive things", he told Hearts TV. "Now I'm here, fitter than ever and I'm hungry for more and can't wait to get started".

That would leave Levein chasing one last signing of the summer, which could be Manchester City youngster Ryotaro Meshino.

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder, who joined the English champions this summer but is being farmed out to gain first-team experience in the United Kingdom, would enhance the club's creative options but there remains work to be done to get the deal over the line.

Meshino was snapped up from Gamba Osaka with the deal being completed in the last week.

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