Former Hearts goalkeeper Joel Pereira has ended his stay with Manchester United after six years in and around the Old Trafford first team.

Pereira made 25 appearances on loan at Hearts from Manchester United in the 2019/20 season but it did not end well, the Portuguese keeper’s performances often criticised as the Tynecastle club were relegated to the Scottish Championship from the Premiership.

Manchester United Training Session

The former Jambo has left Old Trafford. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

He spent last season on loan at Huddersfield Town and in total spent six separate spells out on loan from the Premier League giants. Former Old Trafford manager Jose Mourinho said in 2017 that Pereira could be ‘the best Portuguese goalkeeper of the next generation.’

A United statement reads: “At this time of year, players’ contracts are set to expire across all levels at Manchester United, as the squads start to take shape in advance of the 2021/22 season.

“Eight players are being released, and those include first-team goalkeepers Joel Pereira and Sergio Romero, as well as six members of the Academy: Jacob Carney, Mark Helm, Iestyn Hughes, Arnau Puigmal, Max Taylor and Aliou Traore. We thank them all for their service to the club.”

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