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Rafael: Football is for the fans and they want to see good football

Rafael Da Silva, who was sold to Lyon in the summer, has responded to the criticism Louis van Gaal is facing for his style of football at Manchester United. The popular former player has admitted that he didn’t enjoy playing for Van Gaal last season, when he was given the opportunity, and reminds the United [...]

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Rafael: I turned down other English clubs when I left United

Rafael Da Silva was a favourite amongst the Manchester United fanbase, so Louis van Gaal’s decision to sell the right-back was not a popular one. The Brazilian was incredibly injury prone, but he wasn’t given much of a chance to fight for his first-place team. Rafael has revealed that when he left United, he had [...]

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Fabio: I could have stayed at United if I wanted

Fabio Da Silva has revealed that he wasn’t sold against his will by David Moyes, but that he made the decision to leave Manchester United after getting such limited playing time. I had a chance to stay at United but I wasn’t going to play so what was the point of staying there just to [...]

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Fabio: Fergie couldn’t tell the difference between me and Rafael

Fabio Da Silva has talked about life at Manchester United and how manager Sir Alex Ferguson couldn’t tell the difference between the Da Silva twins. He used to get us mixed up, but everyone did. We were there six years but still some of the staff couldn’t tell us apart. Sir Alex came in half [...]

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Fabio: It was hard leaving Rafael at United when I was sold

Fabio Da Silva left Manchester United in January 2014 for Cardiff, much to the disappointment of the supporters. Two and a half years earlier, Fabio had been chosen in United’s starting team in the Champions League final against Barcelona and there had been the hope he would still be able to prove himself. However, David [...]

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Farewell Rafael – A tribute

Farewell Rafael – A tribute

While having talented players in your squad is obviously key to a team enjoying success, it doesn’t harm your cause if you have lots of players who are passionate about the club either. It’s probably no coincidence that the only English side to have ever won the Treble was made up of several first team [...]

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PICTURES: Rafael da Silva’s United career

PICTURES: Rafael da Silva’s United career
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PICTURE: Rafael in Lyon shirt

PICTURE: Rafael in Lyon shirt

Fabio Da Silva has posted a picture of his brother, Rafael, in his new Lyon shirt.

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Rafael: Thank you Manchester United fans for all your love

Rafael: Thank you Manchester United fans for all your love

After his transfer to Lyon has been confirmed, Rafael da Silva has posted a message on his Instagram account. I want to thank Manchester United fans for all the love during those 8 years. Since I signed with the club I lived incredible moments, after all it was 8 years wearing the shirt of one [...]

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Lyon confirm Rafael da Silva transfer

Lyon have confirmed that Rafael da Silva is set to join them on a four year contract. Reports from France claim he is being sold for as little as £2.5m. Olympique Lyonnais informs of an agreement with Manchester United for the transfer of Brazilian international Rafael Da Silva, who will sign in the coming days [...]

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STATS: Rafael’s injury record

STATS: Rafael’s injury record

Louis van Gaal has confirmed today that Rafael da Silva is out for the rest of the season, after breaking his ribs when playing for the U-21s as part of his rehabilitation. This season, he has been in the match day squad just 18 times from a possible 39 in all competitions. He has played [...]

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Rafael: I want to score another wonder goal

Last week, Rafael da Silva scored a fantastic goal with his left foot for the U-21s. He returned to the first team on Sunday, in United’s 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, after coming on as a second half sub. With Liverpool ahead at the weekend, Rafael is hoping for another wonder goal. It was very [...]

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Rafael: It’s great to be back

Rafael da Silva made his first appearance for the first team on Saturday since he was taken off at half-time against Yeovil on the first weekend of January. The Brazilian has spoken about his delight at being back in the team and hopes to keep his place, with Liverpool on the horizon. It was very [...]

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VIDEO: Rafael scores great goal for U-21s

Valdes; Rafael, Love, Thorpe, James (Kellett 62); Grimshaw, Goss, Rothwell (Tuanzebe 84); Wilson, Falcao (Harrop 72), A.Pereira. Subs not used: O’Hara, Willock.

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Rafael: Van Gaal is the right man for United

Rafael da Silva has spoken to the Evening News about the new manager, in comparison to the other United managers he’s played under. The Brazilian believes it will take time to adapt to the Dutchman’s philosophy but that his track record proves he can be a success at United. Everything takes time. It’s a different [...]

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