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Guillermo Varela: The New Red Devil

An article on Manchester United's new signing Guillermo Varela

By on Jun 07, 2013   6305 views   1 comments
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If you'd have asked football fans across the nation, and across the world, who Guillermo Varela just last week, you would have heard simply 'I dunno' or 'Not sure'. However, this week, would bring another answer. David Moyes, who is to become the manager of Manchester United in a few weeks time, is set to announce Guillermo Varela as his first signing as the boss in the summer transfer window. Varela, a full-back, does have history with Manchester United though. At the end of last season, Varela left his Uruguayan side Penarol and spent two weeks on loan in Manchester. It's turned out to be a great move, but coaches liking what they see, and managing to get the player for such a small fee, of just £1 million.

Now Varela may not be the sort of player you would expect a club like Manchester United to buy. With big clubs already splashing the cash, many expected Manchester United to join in before the best of the best was gone. Manchester City had already bought Fernandinho, and were expected to buy Jesus Navas, with Carlos Tevez almost on his way out. Chelsea have bought Schurrle, and AS Monaco over in France seem to be buying everyone possible. However, Manchester United haven't done this yet. Could it be part of a plan for David Moyes? He has been linked to stars such as Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines, but also the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Nevertheless, if you look back at the history of recent transfers by Manchester United, you will see they don't often spend megabucks on one player. The signing of Robin van Persie last year came as a shock to many, with Sir Alex going against his usual ideas of young and cheap, to then be developed. Wilfried Zaha. A young player, who can be developed, signed recently. Nick Powell followed Ferguson's ideas from Crewe. Some of Manchester United's best buys have come in the form of cheap players. Edwin van Der Sar become the best Manchester United goalkeeper for a while, and De Gea only seems to have the potential to be as good shining through now. Manchester United paid just £2 million for van Der Sar, who become a goalkeeping legend for the side. Peter Schmeichel is another example. Bought for just £550 thousand, and helped lead United to be the first English side to win the treble. Varela could well become one of those players.

Guillermo is yet to establish himself within the Penarol first side, but was seen by many, impressing many coaches during the South American U20 Championship, lining up in the defense of Uruguay frequently. Varela's exceptional form was a key reason for the country's success, finishing third just behind Paraguay and eventual winners Colombia. His performances helped him as a player too, being spotted by Manchester United staff and given the opportunity on loan, which has since led to this signing. David Moyes will not have seen Varela in action because of this, but will take the word of coaches, who are known to be some of the best around the world.

The transfer will undoubtedly put pressure on current right-back Rafael, who after a shaky start, seems to have improved dramatically over the recent season. Rafael joined Manchester United with twin brother Fabio, and was seen to be excellent attacking from the back. However, many fans of the Reds were unsure, as his defensive performances were not as stable. However, as he matures, he understands more and his performances are improving. Varela should be given the chance to perform soon, particularly with pre-season friendlies still to play, and could fight Rafael for his place in the starting line-up.

I hope Guillermo is given the right chance to play, and in the right circumstances, as what I have seen and heard about the young right-back, he has the potential to feature for Manchester United regularly in the future, as the new Red Devil.

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  • k1rups's avatar
    Varela looks like a good player and at that price it is a bargain but I wouldn't agree that Zaha is a cheap buy. The deal could cost United £15 million and DDG has always had the potential, it's the reason United bought him so to say it's shining through now isn't necessarily true. It could be said now that he is beginning to live up to that potential but he's always shown it. Rafael hands down had an excellent season and will be 1st choice but there were times during the season where Rafael had to play in cup matches when instead he may have benefited from a break and this is where the signing of Varela will be key next season in my opinion. There is no doubt though that United will splash the cash and do so very soon with so many options available. I would like to see Fellaini join up with Moyes but now it seems as though Arsenal are the favourites to sign him. Both clubs need that kind of player so it remains to be seen where he will finally end up.
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