Manchester United’s 22 year old right back, Guillermo Varela, has been picked in Óscar Tabárez’s 28-man preliminary squad to face Brazil as well as Peru, according to the Uruguay National Team’s Official website.
Varela was on loan at Real Madrid’s B squad in the second tier of Spanish football last year. He recently made his debut for Manchester United in December, during a 0-0 draw with West Ham, where he managed to play a half. He also featured in United’s 2-1 loss to Bournemouth.
He has had a good run of form – which prompted the call-up to the senior-National squad.
Varela has been showcasing his incredible pace and quick reactions for United. His speed allows him to command the right flank, which definitely hindered Alexis Sanchez’s performance when Arsenal played United on the 28th of February.
Guillermo Varela also helped United beat Watford 1-0 after playing for full 90 minutes.
Varela expressed his loyalty to the club in an interview with MUTV, where he stated that his goal is to play over 200 games for the club.
He said in the interview with MUTV:
“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.”
Varela also mentioned that he felt popular among the United fans and wishes to secure a spot in the starting eleven with the first team.
“I can say that it’s only recently I realized how the love you get on social media has such an effect. I’m so popular with the fans but I also want to talk about the effect it has on me. It’s only when you realize the scale of it [that you can appreciate it], and I want to say thanks to all of those people who are supporting me, it helps to drive me forward and motivates me to produce my best on the pitch.
“I think my main task is to keep working on a day-by-day basis to show the coach that I am a candidate for a regular first-team spot. I wouldn’t say I’m an automatic pick now that would be a bit premature.
“Over-tired would be the best word [to describe how I’m feeling at the moment]. It’s been very hard on my legs.”