Guillermo Varela has been tipped to make a breakthrough this season for Manchester United.
The Uruguayan right-back, who spent last season on loan at Real Madrid Castilla, played in 33 games for the team and now looks set to come back to Manchester and stake a claim for a place in Louis van Gaal‘s starting XI.
Varela, who impressed David Moyes so much during the U20s World Cup qualifiers that he signed him to a five-year deal, is just 22 and started his career at Penarol before being whipped up by Moyes in 2013.
Zidane was full of praise for the youngster and with United currently needing a right-back to replace Rafael, Varela could be ready to step in and make the position his for the foreseeable future.
The Real Madrid Castilla manager, Zidane, praised the right-back for various aspects of his game including his talent and professionalism.
“He is very serious and professional,” he said.
“He also has a lot of quality and I have no doubts he will make it to the top.”
Liverpool are chasing Nathaniel Clyne with United’s interest seemingly gone and with no other rights-backs on United’s radar, Van Gaal may have to find a replacement for Rafael and Antonio Valencia within the current squad.
The position has been a problem for United for quite some time now when you consider Rafael’s injuries and inconsistencies in play and it would certainly improve United’s defence if a regular right-back was in the team every week who could attack as well as defend.
Varela has been favourably compared to Gabriel Heinze with the work rate and aggression to get back and defend when not going forward.
It will be interesting to see if Van Gaal shows the same faith in the youngster that Zidane and Moyes showed in him and if he can nail down that right-back role for a club in need of one.