The 22-year-old played his part in the club’s four successive victories over Shrewsbury Town, FC Midtjylland, Arsenal and Watford.
His run of games have earned him a call up to the Uruguayan national squad for their upcoming games against Brazil and Peru and with a trip to West Bromwich next on the schedule tomorrow, Varela insists he is determined to find a regular place on van Gaal’s side.
“I think the last four games have really shown the changes that have come about within the team in the last couple of months,” Varela told MUTV.
“It’s clear that we’ve got every intention of finishing the season on an upward curve.
“Of course, I’m very happy with a run of four matches in the side and four victories as well. I feel enormous pride in being able to play for a club like Manchester United. I think the important thing is that we keep working, and I want to keep working to keep a regular place in the team so that, in time, I can reach 50, 100 or 200 games in the shirt.”
I’ve been extremely impressed by Varela ever since he came into the team back in December. The job of a modern day full-back is one of the most difficult but Varela does it with real accomplishment, both in defence and attack.
Varela’s rise has seen United cope pretty well in Matteo Darmian‘s absences this year and it’s not a certainty that the Italian will simply kick Varela out of the starting XI, that’s how well he’s playing.
It’s a testament to Varela that he’s taken advantage of the opportunity and the fact that you just don’t know how good a young player can be until you give him the chance.