Manchester United have officially confirmed a deal for Uruguayan right back Guillermo Varela to join Bundesliga side Eintract Frankfurt on a season-long loan deal.
The 23-year-old defender joined United in 2013 from Uruguayan side Penarol but has struggled to hold down a first team place at Old Trafford.
He has made 11 appearances for United and has also spent a year on loan with Real Madrid’s Castilla team.
He was highly regarded by United fans as an exciting young full back, however he has not pushed on under Louis Van Gaal and fell out of favour with Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia preferred as right-back options.
The Uruguayan had also been known for his attacking instinct as a full back but his defensive frailities were recognized in Van Gaal’s last season at Old Trafford, most noticeably in the Europa League tie against Liverpool where he was at fault for Phillipe Coutinho’s solo goal.
It now remains unclear at Varela’s age whether he still has a future at Old Trafford, however Frankfurt may offer him the first-team football he requires.
Varela was involved in Mourinho’s first pre-season friendly away to Wigan, however did not travel to China on United’s tour as the deal was finalised.