beginning of the month. Following his return to Old Trafford he was an unused substitute for the Under-21s against Manchester City.
The Uruguayan made just the solitary appearance for the Under-21s during February, in the 1-0 win over Sunderland. Varela was booked during the game for a fiery challenge on the Black Cats' Ross Holland.
The young defender enjoyed a successful month for the Reds, completing 90 minutes for the Under-21s on five occasions. The South American acquitted himself particularly well against Wolves early in the month, when a solid display helped Joyce’s men earn a clean sheet in a comfortable win at Molineux. His strong performances at reserve level may have been rewarded with a call up the first-team squad against Aston Villa as a spate of injuries crippled the United defence. However, the injury curse was to strike Varela himself as a knock prevented his involvement.