Guillermo Varela has revealed his delight at a recent two-week trial spell with Manchester United.
The Uruguayan youth international spent a fortnight with the Red Devils earlier in the month, working under Sir Alex Ferguson and the first team at Old Trafford.
And, despite admitting that he was surprised to get the chance to work with the Premier League champions, he was glad that he got the opportunity to show his skills in England.
"I have trained with the first-team. I am very happy and I was received very well,” Varela told Tirando Paredes.
"It was a surprise to get the chance to test with Manchester United. I'm glad and happy, and grateful to Penarol who allowed me to travel.
"I was treated so well and Cicharito [Javier Hernandez] helped me a lot. The work outs were short but very demanding."
The 20-year-old is expected to feature for his country at this summer’s World U20 Championships, but is yet to establish himself in the Penarol first team. The Primera Division side see the defender as a star of the future.
Manchester United have only ever had one Uruguayan player represent the first team, with Diego Forlan spending a mixed four-year spell at the club between 2001 and 2005 before moving to Villarreal.
It will be up to new manager David Moyes to decide if the club want to try and double that number in the summer.