New Manchester United signing Varela helps Uruguay keep clean sheet in under-20 win

Uruguay Football Stadium

Manchester United new boy Guillermo Varela was in action at the under-20 World Cup on Wednesday.

The first signing of the David Moyes era at Old Trafford was a name known to very few before it was announced.

Guillermo Varela is a 20-year-old right-back who United snapped up for around £1 million after a successful trial at the club.

He arrived from Penarol in his homeland, where even there he had not yet broken into the first team.

Varela has been getting games over in Turkey at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup which kicked off last week.

He was unable to stop Uruguay slipping to a 1-0 opening loss to Croatia, but experienced a far more positive experience in his second game.

Uruguay took on New Zealand, needing a win to keep their hopes of progression to the knockout stages alive and in their hands.

The South Americans triumphed 2-0, through a first half goal from Giorgan De Arrasceta who netted an unstoppable free-kick from 20 yards out.

Varela had a key role to play, denying New Zealand an equaliser just before half-time by blocking a goal-bound shot from Ryan Thomas, deflecting it wide.

Uruguay doubled their lead in the second half via a tap-in from Nicolas Lopez, and it was a goal which New Zealand did not recover from.

The 2-0 win gives Uruguay a positive goal difference heading into their final game against Uzbekistan, with a win required for qualification.

Varela's clean sheet and contribution to it will give him confidence, which can only be a good thing for the young defender heading into the rest of the tournament and for when he joins up with his new Manchester United teammates.

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