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Hearts signing Joel Pereira: Sir Alex key to Man Utd move

Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira has revealed the influence Sir Alex Ferguson has had on his career.

Pereira has just moved to Hearts on a season-long loan.

“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.

“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."

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