Fabio da Silva started at right-back for United in our 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, filling in for his injured twin brother Rafael. The latter nailed down his place in the starting XI last season whilst Fabio, who just two years ago started the Champions League final at right-back, went to QPR on loan.

Fabio says that he is working hard in training and is working hard to take his brother’s place in the team.

“I definitely want to impress the new manager,” he said. “I did this on the training ground. That is why I played. I trained hard. I worked hard. He has seen me do that on the training ground, so he put me in the team. Hopefully, if I play well, I will stay there and I will fight with my brother for the position. That is what I have spoken about with him in the past. Now we are going to fight with him for the position. Why not? We have always fought over everything – PlayStation, anything. We fight with each other to win. This is no different. Now we are 23. We are mature. It is important, whether me or him plays, that we do well. I am confident in myself that I can play for Manchester United. But Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world. They have fantastic players here.”




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