April 20, 2021

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Manchester United goalkeeper concedes seven goals on loan

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Joel Pereira made only his second appearance of the season on loan at Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night – and it did not go well.

The goalkeeper joined the Championship side on loan from Manchester United last summer but has had to make do with playing back-up to Ryan Schofield for most of the campaign.

Pereira’s first game of the season came in late November when he conceded four goals in a 4-3 defeat by Stoke City, and he had to bide his time for another chance to play.

The 24-year-old’s opportunity came against high-flying Norwich City on Tuesday night after Schofield fell ill, but he was on the wrong end of a 7-0 thrashing.


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Norwich dominated the game, achieving almost 70 per cent possession as they registered 18 shots on goal, 11 of which were on target, meaning Pereira managed just four saves in the game.

Pereira spent last season on loan at Hearts in a campaign that saw the Scottish side demoted during a curtailed season and Pereira replaced as first-choice keeper.

Prior to that, the Portugual under-21 international spent time on loan at Belgian side Kortrijk and Portuguese outfit Vitoria Setubal.

His contract at United expires at the end of the season and he will not be offered a new deal.

Terriers boss Carlos Corberan refused to blame Pereira for the heavy defeat on Tuesday.

He told Yorkshire Live: “There was not any type of doubt that for me he was not involved in any of the goals we conceded.

“It’s a very difficult goal for a goalkeeper, especially for Joel, and all the team feel sorry too for him because we know he wasn’t playing for the team and he was working very hard to have this opportunity or this moment.

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“To concede seven goals is hard for all of us, for all the team, because every single goal we concede we suffer in ourselves, not only because Joel is for all of us but because there was no doubt that I cannot be watching him as responsible for any of the goals.

“I can be watching myself with the selection and the strategy of the game, with the plan we had today, and we had the option to change this plan and we didn’t do.

“One of the reasons I always like to take the responsibility is because only when you take the responsibility can you change things. If you don’t take responsibility you can never change things.”

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