Guillermo Varela has returned to Manchester United after loan at Real Madrid

by Robbie Dunne

Guillermo Valera is back in Manchester and training following a successful spell at Real Madrid Castilla’s side.

The Uruguayan right-back played 33 times for Real Madrid’s B team under Zinedine Zidane on loan last season and scored one goal during that time.

Although it was never likely for Varela to come back and take over the right-back slot on a full-time basis straight away, it’s great to have him at the club again.

The news of Matteo Darmian‘s arrival at Old Trafford has thrown the right-back situation at Old Trafford into uncertainty as United are reportedly willing to listen to offers for the former first choice, Rafael.

Antonio Valencia was United’s right-back last season but if they are to compete next year for trophies, they will need a right-back who is more comfortable in the position to deputise for Darmian when he is not available.

United will need plenty of depth in several positions to compete in Europe and on a domestic front next season, so Varela could conceivably fill that role.



Varela, 22, impressed David Moyes so much during the U20s World Cup qualifiers that he signed him to a five-year deal.

He was also heavily praised by Zidane during his time on loan at Real Madrid’s Castilla side as the Frenchman hailed his professional approach and quality.

If Varela can maintain his professional approach to the game and develop the quality that Zidane said is evident in his game, then there is a very obvious opportunity for him to get game time in United’s first-team next season.

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