Guillermo Varela makes Manchester United debut

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David Moyes first and so far only Manchester United signing has made his debut for the club.

There is more spotlight on Guillermo Varela at present than there really ought to be, because with just over a week until the Premier League season begins he remains Manchester United's only summer signing.

The Uruguayan remains 'one for the future', and is not expected to become a first team player just yet, rather be a long-term competitor for Rafael da Silva at right-back.

The 20-year-old showed United fans what he could do at the under-20 World Cup where he helped his team eliminate favourites Spain, which meant he was not able to join up with his new teammates on their pre-season tour.

Now he has joined up with the squad in Manchester, and made his debut with the under-21 squad, which is where he is expected to feature regularly next season, providing he is not loaned out as has been previously suggested.

He featured for the Red Devils in a low-key 4-2 away win over Ramsbottom United, who play in the Evo-Stik League, one division below the Conference.

Varela started, playing 64 minutes before being substituted to reflect on his opening workout - and introduction to English football.

It was a shocker of a start for United, who went 2-0 down within 15 minutes to the home side, before launching a fightback through welshman Tom Lawrence.

Lawrence scored a brace to make it 2-2 at half-time, before completing his hat-trick in the 58th minute. Five minutes later the exciting Jack Barmby made it 4-2 to United, and Varela was brought off, job done for the evening.

4-2 was how it stayed; as the young United side eased through the final half an hour to come away with a morale boosting win.

Varela will surely reflect on his first experience of English football as a frenetic affair, with six goals and four in the first half alone. As a defender you suspect he might just hope his next game is a lower scoring one.

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