Manchester United's Guillermo Varela set for showdown with Liverpool's Suso

Guillermo Varela faces his biggest test as a Manchester United player when he comes face to face with a Liverpool youngster.

Guillermo Varela is Manchester United's newest recruit, signed for £1 million a month ago, and he could just earn himself some early brownie points among new supporters.

He is in action at the Under-20 World Cup, where he will perhaps unwittingly get his first encounter with a player from the club's big rivals Liverpool in Fernando Suso.

New signing Varela has been Uruguay's first choice right-back, and has performed solidly so far. After an opening 1-0 defeat at the hands of Croatia, Varela and Uruguay kept two clean sheets in 2-0 and 4-0 victories over New Zealand and Uzbekistan.

They then won their second round match against a talented Nigeria side 2-1 on Tuesday, to set up their toughest challenge yet.

In the quarter-finals Uruguay will face favourites Spain, who have a star studded line-up.

He will have to contend with Real Madrid's Jese Rodriguez, Barcelona's Gerard Deulofeu and Atletico Madrid's Oliver Torres, all of who have been winning plaudits with their performances.

But just as important to the side is Liverpool midfielder Suso, who has been pulling the strings in attack, including an assist in their opening victory.

Spain qualified with a 100 per cent record from their group, which also featured France, but had a scare against Mexico in the second round, bouncing back from going a goal down to win 2-1 through two late goals.

It means Spain will face Uruguay in the quarter-final which takes place on Saturday, both sides with plenty of rest time to recover from their last 16 clashes.

Varela has barely spent any time in Manchester after being whisked away to Turkey soon after signing, and he and Suso may not know who each other are until they study the teamsheets.

Suso will go in as favourite to come out on top, but if Varela can help his Uruguay side pull off an upset then his new fans will be very impressed with him indeed.

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