Manchester United’s Guillermo Varela explains how Real Madrid Castilla loan gave him ‘confidence’

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United’s Guillermo Varela has insisted that his loan at Real Madrid Castilla last season gave him a lot of “confidence”.

Varela became the first player to be signed by David Moyes at Man United when he joined from Atletico Penarol in 2013.

The defender joined Madrid Castilla in 2014 on a season-long loan and impressed Zinedine Zidane, who managed the reserve side while Varela was there. Varela enjoyed the experience but admitted that England’s reserve league is poorer in comparison.

“That year [at Castilla] was a learning experience and gave me confidence. I have to be grateful for the support I got. I wish him [Zidane] the best in charge at Real,” Varela said.

“Castilla is something different, playing in the Segunda Division or Segunda B, and you have a lot of pressure. They treat you like you are a first team player and that’s impressive. Here in Manchester the reserves are totally different. The league in which they play is not very good, and more about development. It is very good for the kids who are growing up, but when you reach a certain age it is not so much use to you.”

Varela’s comments about the U21 league at United suggests that he is looking to cement a regular spot in the first team under Louis van Gaal.

The youngster impressed in the FA Cup win over Derby last week and can count himself unlucky having not started against Stoke on Tuesday. There were rumours that Varela was close to a loan move to Genoa in the transfer window but it looks like he will need to continue working hard at Old Trafford in search of regular minutes on the pitch.

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