Report: Pedro rethinks Manchester United move due to van Gaal's managerial style
Pedro is reconsidering his move to Manchester United as he has concerns over Louis van Gaal’s treatment of Spanish players at the club, according to the Guardian. The forward has been linked with a move to the Reds in the recent weeks after growing disillusioned with his lack of first-team opportunities at Barcelona, but the move looks to have stalled because Pedro is still having thoughts about van Gaal’s style of management.
Van Gaal has been quite open about the situations of Spanish internationals David de Gea and Victor Valdes in his press conferences. Victor Valdes was banished from the Manchester United squad for not following the Dutchman’s philosophy, and de Gea was dropped for the first two games of the Premier League season due to the club’s ongoing transfer saga with Real Madrid.
Former Atletico Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera is another Spaniard who has been unfairly treated by van Gaal, failing to establish himself as a first-team starter despite impressing whenever he gets time on the pitch. His compatriot Juan Mata on the other hand has been one of the first names on Louis van Gaal’s team-sheet due to his impressive performances, although he has been warmed the bench on several occasions in the previous season.
Pedro is also a subject of interest for Manchester City, who are keen on signing the 28-year-old in case their bid for Wolfsburg’s Kevin De Bruyne doesn’t work out. Despite interest from other clubs he is fully expected to join United as they can offer him regular first-team football, which is something he has not been afforded at the Camp Nou due to the presence of Messi, Neymar and Suarez.
While speaking to a press conference ahead of his side’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa, Louis van Gaal didn’t offer much to the press when they asked him about the Spaniard’s arrival.
"You have to ask Pedro, not me. My answer is it's a process, it's a club, it's a player, and we are there also.” he said, according to SkySports. “I don't mention anything until he has signed. When he has signed I come to you and say 'hey, Pedro is here'. That is still not the case. We shall wait and see."
He has been and will always be dear: Luis Enrique
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique had earlier spoken about Pedro’s situation at the club, after he was asked about the winger’s inclusion in the squad ahead of their Spanish Super Cup loss to Atletic Bilbao.
"Nobody knows. I do not make decisions based on the transfer market.” said Enrique, as reported on ESPN.
"His situation is a contradiction because he wants to stay but he always wants more minutes. I'll continue to use the players I deem best to face each particular game. I'm looking forward to the end of the transfer window for everything to be decided.
He added: "I have gone over and over the subject of Pedro. I am not going to feed the issue. The fans understand Pedro's situation. He has been and will always be very dear to the fans because he is such a professional."