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Another Chance For Rafael To Shine

Rafael Da Silva replaced Gary Neville in United’s weekend clash against Arsenal, putting in a great performance and scoring a brilliant goal. Neville’s days in the starting lineup are certainly numbered with this young Brazilian looking for a first team place, and no doubt Patrice Evra, who has had a very good season so far, will be looking over his shoulder when Fabio returns from injury.

“The boy’s such a gutsy character, and he’s got such talent,” Ferguson said of Rafael after the game. “He’s got the Brazilian mentality of ‘give me the ball, I want to play’, and every time we get the ball, he wants the ball. It’s a great attribute to have for such a young kid.”

Tomorrow night United take on QPR in the League Cup, with Sir Alex Ferguson set to rely on his younger players once more, whilst still including some of the more senior members of the squad.

“The younger ones who will play will be Jonny Evans, Rodrigo Possebon, Rafael, Darron Gibson, Danny Welbeck – who is back playing now in the Reserves after overcoming injury – and possibly Manucho,” said Ferguson.“The rest of the team will be filled by the first team squad.”

Rodrigo Possebon will be getting his first team outing after the horrendous tackle he suffered at the hands of Middlesbrough’s Emanuel Pogatetz earlier in the season.

“There’s absolutely no problem with the boy now,” Ferguson added. “We did worry at the time, but fortunately he was OK.”

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  1. singh7 says:

    I think Rafael was the only positive to come out of the loss at Arsenal, look forward to seeing more of him and his brother !!!!

  2. Harun says:

    Whats up with Manucho? Is he ever gonna play or what?

  3. gingerprince says:

    ya I think manucho would probably play tommorow ….but like you I too want to see him more often …unfortunately this season we’re spoiled for choice so I reckon he’ll get the chance only in the cup….I’m more excited to see Possebon return after that horrendous career threatening tackle.

  4. John T says:

    Disappointed with the result on Saturday, we were the better team but seem to be playing at a lower pace than last year and are struggling to find that top gear we some intensity in our play. We better start playing soon as Chelsea and the scum are disappearing fast out of sight……
    As for the QPR game, my team would be as follows:
    Rafael, Evans, Chester & O’Shea ( Leave out the 1st teamers – they need a rest)
    Nani, Possebon, Gibson & Park
    Wellbeck & Manucho

    On the bench: Tevez, Carrick, Ferdinand, Roanldo & Neville


    what happened to fabio? i remember hearing something about a injury but that was almost a month (+) ago, it will be interesting to see how they both play together one on each wing!

    but it gets you thinking fabio was supposed to be the better player but we all love rafael which makes me wonder has rafael surpassed his brother or will his brother be far better…

  6. gotta hate tiny tears says:

    Another Chance For Rafael To Shine???

    he has shun

    if brown aint there
    he must play

    i hate to say it but neville doesnt have the legs any more

    Rafael should start
    and i think united might need him
    fabio,better or not, will find it harder to get in the first team because of the players ahead of him

  7. denton davey says:

    Neville should start – and so should Tevezm Park, Carrick and Giggs. For various reasons, each one of these five are simply off-the-pace and need more game-action.

  8. PeeJay says:

    I would try Tevez – Manucho.


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