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Pereira hails Ferguson effect

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Last Updated: 16/08/19 7:12am

Joel Pereira is looking forward to fighting for his place in the Hearts first team

Hearts loanee Joel Pereira hailed the influence former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had on him when he joined the "best club in the world".

Pereira has made the loan switch north of the border this season in order to gain some first-team experience, with David de Gea, Sergio Romero and Lee Grant all ahead of him in the pecking order at United.

Having been at United since the age of 15, the now 23-year-old has been around long enough to remember the influence Ferguson had at the club, and will not forget the role Ferguson played in his recruitment.

Sir Alex Ferguson made a huge impression on Pereira

"Sir Alex was the manager when I first arrived and then I've had them all," Pereira told the Daily Record. "I came as a 15-year-old for the first time and I remember seeing him for the first time in the canteen.

"Face to face he talked to me and that's when I knew I wanted to come to Manchester United because at the time I had different options.

"The way he spoke, at that second I made my mind up to go to the club. I couldn't speak a word of English so it wasn't very easy to understand.

1:32 Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen with Hearts. Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen with Hearts.

"I had someone translate but he said I was at the best club in the world and he told me to do great things. When these words come from a legend you listen. I more than ever believed that I was at the best club in the world."

Pereira is under no illusions that he will have to fight for his place at Hearts, but insisted he is at Tynecastle to earn a regular spot in the starting XI.

"I'm here to fight for as many minutes as I can," Pereira added. "There are three other good goalkeepers here and the decision is up to the manager.

"I will give my best in training and in games too."

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