After Rafael Da Silva left the club, having barely been given a go under Louis van Gaal, while struggling with injuries, the right-back suggested that his nationality influenced the manager.

I know about his history, but there’s no way I can say, ‘Oh, the guy does not like Brazilians’ … I know he didn’t like me, but if it’s because I am Brazilian, I do not know. It was not just me he didn’t like. He also told other players they could leave. There’s no way I can judge if he does not like Brazilians.

Guillermo Varela, from Uruguay, has conceded that while Van Gaal might have a difficult personality, he hasn’t noticed any issues from the manager when it comes to him being South American.

The rumours say there is always some kind of problem with the South Americans. If I tell you the truth, I have had none. When we’ve had to talk it has been clear and stayed at that. He has a difficult personality. Sometimes that kind of personality is not so easy for the players. It has been an issue here because some of them were used to dealing with Ferguson and it’s been hard for them. Ferguson going was felt inside the dressing-room. There was a before and after at the club.

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