Manchester United's back line just got deeper and younger. According to BBC Sport, the club has signed Uruguayan right-back Guillermo Varela from Atletico Penarol. The terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed.
Manchester United's press office tweeted out news of the signing on Friday:
At age 20, Varela oozes potential and is not just a project. The Uruguayan right-back was brought in for a trial at Old Trafford last year and apparently did well enough to get signed. He will be playing for Uruguay at the Under-20 World Championships starting on June 13.
New Manchester United manager David Moyes did not need a glitzy move to start off his transfer haul. Instead he opted for the safe, promising, low-cost bet that is Varela.
The former Everton manager has one of the toughest managing jobs in sports history: replacing Sir Alex Ferguson. The Old Trafford legend managed the team for an unprecedented 26 seasons, turning Manchester United into a household name.
To that effect, Moyes made a calculated first move to start his United career.
The Varela contract signifies that Moyes will continue the program in the way that Sir Alex had constructed it. Yes, his teams had plenty of star power that helped win numerous titles, but he built a program mainly through player development.
Moyes spoke about the importance of young player development in a recent interview with The Sun:
Discipline has to come from within for players. And I’m a great believer in giving young players opportunities…developing players mentally is very important, but it needs to fit with what the players want.
Signing players like Varela will allow these young players to compete with the Robin van Persies, Nanis and Rio Ferdinands in practice while building chemistry with their younger counterparts.
The chirping for Gareth Bale, Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini continues, but Moyes can placate the fanbase by looking out for its future.
Varela is just the start of a campaign that Moyes will be heading for years to come.