Hearts stopper Joel Pereira had a familiar face watching him in action for the Jambos against Celtic yesterday, Manchester United’s Andreas Pereira.
The Brazilian was spotted at Parkhead yesterday as the Jambos fell to a 3-1 defeat (SNS Group). Whilst some speculated over his ‘mystery’ appearance in Glasgow, he was just paying a visit to watch his former Red Devils pal.
Having played together in United’s academy for years, the pair eventually became housemates (Record via Sport Witness). Andrea’s dad has even went as far as saying Hearts stopper Joel was like ‘a third child’ to him.
Whilst both players will know what the other is capable of, Joel may have hoped for better at Parkhead.
Manchester United loanee Pereira didn’t cover himself in glory against Celtic
For only his second game, playing in the cauldron of fire that is Celtic Park will have been a big challenge for the Portuguese stopper.
Coming from Old Trafford though, he knows what it is like to perform under intense pressure. That being said, the goalkeeper didn’t have a great game.
A bit of indecision allowed Vakoun Issouf Bayo to nip in and put the ball beyond him, although it may have taken a touch off Christophe Berra (BBC).
His commanding of the box wasn’t great either. He did ok, but it certainly seems like he is still trying to adjust his new team.
He had his Brazilian United buddy watching over him at Parkhead. Pereira will hope he can provide his friend with a positive result the next time he comes to watch him.