He was one of the few positives from Louis van Gaal‘s time in charge and established himself as a first-team regular, even earning himself a round of applause at Old Trafford following an impressive performance against West Ham.
He tore ankle ligaments in just his third appearance on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt after a collision with Darmstadt striker Sven Schipplock, and after undergoing surgery, removing the screw in his ankle, did still not feel fine and was forced into further surgery.
Speaking about his future, Varela has revealed that he has previously held talks with the Portuguese boss over his career.
“He was very sincere towards me. He told me my playing time would be little so my decision was that I preferred to go.
“A player needs to play and this is what I’m looking for and this is what I sought here in Frankfurt.
“I don’t know so far.
“The most important thing for me is to get back 100 per cent to play until the end of the season.
“Then we will sit down together to see what’s best for the club and myself. Then a decision will be made.”
He has shown he’s committed to progress as he tried to play through the pain barrier against Hertha Berlin and Bielefeld last month and it’s a shame to see him still struggling.
Varela has the right attitude to succeed, impressing in Mourinho’s first friendly as United boss against Wigan in June before negotiations started with Frankfurt.
However, he has to work hrad and focus on his fitness as he turns 24 at the end of the month and still has a lot of work to do.