Why Pedro comments underline Van Gaal's promise could have turned his head

Pedro Rodriguez

Manchester United are strongly linked to Pedro.

Manchester United remain linked with Barcelona forward Pedro, who scored the winner in the UEFA Super Cup last night against Sevilla.

The Spanish international could have played his last game for the Blaugruna, with his future unclear.

He was interviewed post match regarding a Manchester United transfer, and gave a cloudy response, as reported by The Guardian.

He refused to commit either way, indicating he was waiting to see what the two clubs can agree.

He said: "I talked with the president and others. This is a difficult situation for me, of course I wanted to start. I don’t know what will happen, but I will always be a Barça fan.

"Do I want to leave? The answer is ‘no’, but my situation is difficult. It’s not about money, but about more playing time."

Clearly from an emotional point of view he is tied to Barcelona, but in a practical sense it is evident he realises he needs to move on. After scoring the winning goal in the Super Cup, he has the perfect high note to bow out on.

A reported pledge from Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal could be weighing on his mind.

Spanish newspaper Sport reported Van Gaal has promised Pedro a starting spot in the Manchester United XI.

This is something he has not had at Barcelona since Pep Guardiola left, and he was again without last night, only getting his moment of glory after a defensive collapse from the La Liga champions sent the game to extra time, allowing him to come off the bench.

A need for first team football is weighing on his mind and Pedro faces the biggest decision of his career coming up. Last night will have made it both easier and harder to make it.

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