Varela signed for Man United from Atletico Penarol in 2013, the same summer that Ferguson left Old Trafford after 27 years in charge.
The defender spent time on loan at Real Madrid Castilla and he has now enjoyed a breakthrough campaign back at Man United, making a handful of appearances under van Gaal. Varela revealed that van Gaal can be ‘difficult’ but that he now feels he has the trust of the manager.
“The rumours say there is always some kind of problem with the South Americans. If I tell you the truth, I have had none. When we’ve had to talk it has been clear and stayed at that,” Varela said.
“He has a difficult personality. Sometimes it is not so easy for the players. For players used to working with Ferguson, that has been hard to take.
“The truth is his exit is still felt a lot. There as before and after.”
On his role at United this term, Varela added: ”Maybe before I doubted what to do, but now I am able to take the right decisions [on the pitch].”
Varela was particularly impressive in the FA Cup win over Derby last week and he would have counted himself unlucky to miss out against Stoke City on Tuesday.
With United in the midst of a defensive injury crisis, Varela has acquitted himself well under difficult circumstances. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, too, has shown that he is capable of making the step up.