Guillermo Varela has had a very productive summer since securing his switch to Manchester United.
The 20-year-old right-back, signed from Penarol in a £1 million deal, narrowly missed out on an U20 World Cup winners medal as France overcame Uruguay 4-1 on penalties.
Throughout the tournament, Varela was very impressive with his performance against Spain his stand-out game in the U20 World Cup. Unfortunately, due to a lack of fitness he was only able to come on in the last five minutes of the final before going the distance with extra time but it shouldn’t take away from what was a very good competition for him individually.
In an exclusive interview with The Peoples Person, Rodolfo Catino sat down to discuss Varela in a little bit more depth so we could find out a little more about our new signing, and the early signs are certainly good.
“He is an applied player with a real ability to combine forward runs with defensive discipline and he has a good capacity to mark due to his speed and as he has a great technique, he is able to make split decisions an execute them quickly. Playing on the counter-attack is something he is very accustomed to doing.” Rodolfo Catino, Penarol’s Youth President
Given how impressive Rafael was in the right-back spot last year, competition for appearances was always going to be fierce but that is exactly what you need at the club – two players fighting for the same spot.
Much like the old Rafael, Varela looks naturally very good with his attacking game but unlike the Brazilian, he seems to have a bit more defensive know-how than Rafael did at that age.
Coming into the Premier League is going to be very tough for Varela. Judging by his fitness problems with Uruguay, he will struggle with the pace of the league but a first season for any player coming from abroad is all about settling down.
But if he can replicate the sort of form he showed with Uruguay at the U20 World Cup, there is no reason to suggest why he can’t get a good number of appearances in his first season at United under David Moyes.