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Mature Rafael Aims To Keep Improving

Rafael da Silva was voted our best player in September on the official site and was also given the goal of the month award for his finish at Anfield.

Sir Alex Ferguson has praised our young right back for his performance against Stoke on Saturday.

“Rafael was our best player on Saturday,” he said. “He’s maturing and learning all the time and he’s blessed with great enthusiasm to play. He has good skill, speed, determination… he has all the qualities and maturity brings all those qualities together. Bit by bit he’s done that in the last two or three years. Last year and the year before he was impulsive, over-commiting himself. He knows that and we’ve been over it a few times. But he’s maturing fantastically.”

This is an assessment that Rafael agrees with, saying: “I think mature is the right word. I’ve learnt to hold a little bit. I always want to know more and read the game more to find out what a player is going to do next. I’m definitely more mature. The way I play for United has changed a bit and maybe that’s why fans are looking at me differently. I’m playing more maturely and I’m scoring goals as well. I hope I can keep improving.”

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  1. markg says:

    really mature this season

  2. Bobby Charlton's combover says:

    Maturing and injury free. He’s had a good run in the first team for a change.
    I’m pineing for the days of a set back five. De Gea, Rafael, Vidic, Ferdinand, Ervra.
    Week in week out. Injuries and constant chopping and changing is a factor in conceding
    more goals and I’d love to see the same line-up every week.

  3. mansuy united says:

    todavia un platano verde! :)

  4. Dela says:

    The lad showed so much promise for years and now it appears the final product is being shipped, and it’s awesome :-) Rafa surprised me so far this season with just how influential he has been on the pitch.

  5. alfREDo says:

    Was really chuffed for Rafa when he was given the No.2 shirt!
    It was the vote of confidence he needed, and so long as he stays injury free, I’m looking forward to him cementing the right back role for a good few years!

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  7. Mark says:

    How’s his brother getting on at QPR? Is he injured at the moment? I know he played the first few games for them.

    Fabio was said to be the more talented of the two when they arrived. It would be nice if he got a decent injury free season under his belt and came back next season to put some pressure on Evra and Buttner.

  8. TC says:

    @ mansuy united, I trust we’re not to take that one literally? He’s not got the hair to be a Green banana ;)

  9. Cantona77 says:

    Totally off-topic, but does anyone know whether Van Persie has moved to Manchester with his family or if he stays there himself during the weeks? Just asking cause not all players move from a city they have lived in for many years even if they change clubs?

  10. wayne says:

    Good job Utd locked Rafa into a new contract,the lad’s turning into class

  11. planetx6 says:

    Rafa you make me giddy

  12. Ben says:

    It’s good to see Sir Alex acknowledging Rafael’s contributions. I always found it difficult to tell exactly what he thought of Rafael.

  13. denton davey says:

    About Fabio – he wasn’t playing for QPR this weekend but I seem to recall that he’s been reported to be injuried again. The kid has had terrible luck with injuries.


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