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Fabio Explains Rafael’s Named Boots

Last week, Rafael da Silva played at Craven Cottage wearing boots with the name of his identical twin brother. Amongst jokes of a conspiracy and that the wrong twin was on the pitch, it was assumed that Rafael was just paying tribute to his brother.

The reality is, as Fabio has revealed today in an interview with The Independent, is that Nike made a mistake, and sent Rafael’s boots to London and Fabio’s boots to Manchester.

Fabio has been at Queens Park Rangers on loan all season but before his move away from United, the longest the 22-year-old twins had ever been apart from each other was two days.

“We spoke about this [splitting] when we were 12 years old,” said Fabio. “We would say: ‘One day we are going to split because we cannot be together for ever’. I knew it was going to happen. I just didn’t know when. Last year it happened, this was good. Now we have split, it’s better. I tell you, when me and him play together we look at each other. When I make a mistake I’m not saying he feels – he doesn’t lose confidence but he gets less [diminished] a little bit. Now [this season] when he plays and he has a good game and another good game he gets confidence. When I was there sometimes I was not playing or not playing well. Maybe he feels that I am down… because we lived together [in Manchester]. Sometimes when he plays he is happy. Sometimes when I play I am happy. Now we are getting more mature. He is there. I am here. Now we understand each other more. This is football. We are different. He is there, I am here. When we are together we discuss this. I say, ‘When I play bad you don’t have to be unhappy.’ We discuss everything together. He knew I wanted to leave United to play more games. To play consistently. He agrees with me. He thinks it’s good for me to leave United to play more football. I enjoy it. I know it hasn’t been a good season for Queen’s Park Rangers but I try to improve and to help.”

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  1. iced earth says:

    i am happy that we will not face southampton again this season
    we must win today if we got the 3 points today it will be a big step to grt our trophy back
    i just hope tha sir alex will play a strong team
    today game is more important than madrid game
    i expect fellaini and anichebe to test us
    come on.12 ponts clear by the end of the day

  2. alfREDo says:

    Nobody ever forgets their first OT experience Longsight Red,
    Lets hope your lad is our lucky mascot today, with great memories to treasure!!

  3. Longsight Red says:

    Thanks AlfREDo!! Am sure he will love it. Mind you God forbid the worst should happen am never gonna take the little bugger again LOL!!

  4. alfREDo says:

    Longsight Red,
    We lost my first home match to the dippers (Ronnie Whelan with a consolation OG), and we didnt win the next 3 or 4 home games I attended either.
    I started to think I was a curse!
    They were still magical experiences though, and made the glory of our later successes even sweeter!
    So enjoy the day whatever happens guys and Forza Utd!,
    Just make sure he wears his lucky underpants!!


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