Manchester United have handed a trial to promising young Uruguayan defender Guillermo Varela.

The 20-year-old has been given permission by his club Peñarol to travel to Old Trafford for up to two weeks and try to win a move, according to Goal.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement this week and the club confirmed Everton boss David Moyes would be succeeding him.

If Varela impresses while with the squad at Carrington, he could be the first signing of the first new manager at Manchester United in 26 years.

Guillermo Varela is yet to establish himself in the first team at Peñarol but he impressed many with his performances at right-back in the South American Under-20 championship.

Uruguay came third in the competition behind winners Colombia and runners-up Paraguay.

Varela would be something of a surprise signing for Manchester United as they already have several options at right full-back and, at 20 years of age, he would not be a typical development candidate.

Brazilian Rafael has improved greatly over this season and appears to have made himself the regular in the position, though Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have both deputised there at times.

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