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Nev: Rafael My Replacement

Now retired, Gary Neville believes that Rafael da Silva has all the attributes to keep as Manchester United’s first choice right-back for years to come.

“He’s more than capable of going on to become United’s right-back for many, many years,” he told the official site. “His performances in the last six months in particular have been brilliant. He’s matured and really come of age. I remember when I was young defender you need that time to mature and get experience. Rafael’s always had ability – he gets to the ball quickly, he’s aggressive, he defends his position well, he’s tough, courageous, good on the ball and provides energy in attack, but he’s really developed in the last six months with games and experience. He has a great attitude too.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. fergie is the boss says:

    well he is still having major personal problems since march that will effect your work no matter who it is

  2. willierednut says:

    He needs to snap out of it asap. United can’t be carrying any players in this run in.

  3. FletchTHEMAN says:

    @Paul Parker 14:32
    Slam on post mate. Awestruck!

    But truth be told, against the bitters, I take WR10 and Berba over the other options up front.
    The lad needs to STREP UP A NOTCH!.

  4. Paul Parker says:

    @ StatesideAussie – Alright mate, that was my opinion too till being wound up this morning! I agree Rooney does need to chill the fuck out somewhere. Personally I wanted Hernandez to start more so he could do that. Since the shit hit the fan he’s been expected to match his own words. I’d have rather he sat out the last 3 games for Hernandez and then returned for this one fresh, still, he looks a cert to start so lets see what transpires.

    Also mate, when im asking him to man up and stop the woe is me shit, im basically asking him to stop worrying about shit he can’t change. Yeah he’s had his moments but overal Rooneys been negative in his play this season, and the question he needs to answer is what is there to be so negative about? WE KNOW HE ASKED TO LEAVE, but right now he’s at Manchester United, he’s on the verge of a potential record breaking title, he’s got European football coming up, he’s under the greatest manager to do it.

    IMO Rooney needs nothing more than to put all the woes and guilts and feelings of shame behind him and move on, preferably with us or elsewhere if need be. I agree, I don’t think he’s put all this behind him yet, I think he’s still thinking about it too much. Prob is until he accepts it and Moves On he won’t be the same player. We’ll soon see what his mental strength is like.

  5. CedarsDevil says:


    Don’t think anyone on this thread Paul Parker included is slagging Rooney off, more like urging him to hit top gear and show us what he really can do

  6. willierednut says:

    He’s back again. Hello Cedars?

  7. StatesideAussie says:

    @PaulParker … yeah, I get where you’re coming from. No doubt his form is a major concern. One way or the other, he’s got to find a way to get over it. I’ve also found myself wondering whether SAF has continued to play Rooney because he believes Rooney will come right in the end (SAF has publicly noted Rooney’s history of scoring in bursts), but sooner or later, if it doesn’t work, then it doesn’t work. Hernandez can’t be denied forever. I just hope that whatever he does, SAF doesn’t decide to play Rooney up-front by himself when we get back into the CL. Or, if he does, that it works quick smart. Like many others, I’m struggling to understand why he’s playing ahead of Chicharito, but I’d find it really tough to accept him playing ahead of Berba as well.

  8. Paul Parker says:

    @ FITB – alright mate?

    thats the thing, by saying what im saying, for me, I am supporting Wayne Rooney. Im not asking for him to be sold, if he went I’d understand – HES ALREADY TRIED ONCE – all im saying is its kinda embarrassing to keep making excuses for why he isn’t performing when players go through shit all the time and still perform. We’ve seen Wayne do it after Wink-Gate but the’s hurt his own Club this time and he’s feeling shit about it. Like I said to StatesideAussie, I just want him to accept he fucked up and get back to playing football. Its like women mate, THE SUPPORTERS WANT TO FORGIVE HIM, but he’s too busy feeling sorry for himself and in a way thats selfish. He needs to stop thinking and start scoring.

  9. fergie is the boss says:

    CedarsDevil – everyone away from home is playing poorly that is where we the real horror shows lie, the only guys having good seasons away from home is VDS rafeal ferdinand vidic evra and at times nani and berbs, but even nani and berbs never really stamp their dominance on games away from home. I agree rooney is playing awful but these problems for rooney mentally are not going away. Doubts knaw at him, the world cup, the injury’s, the personal life that is a hell of allot to take on, half of it is his fault but a pre-season makes a huge difference to player’s performance levels.

  10. CedarsDevil says:

    Hi Willie?

    I failed in locating Little Pea!

    Seriously though I hope he has not flown out to Mexico otherwise we won’t have him for the derby

  11. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Givemefootball (not the first place I go for news with a shred of credibility)
    Is saying Valencia is ahead of schedule. Great news but I do hope they don’t rush the boy.

    Trapatoni is saying Gibbo just needs games as well. Manager has alot to sort out.

  12. fergie is the boss says:

    Paul Parker – alright mate.Glad you do not but the way some fans think does my head in lets get rid of him who to, and united aint gonna strengthen title rivals/. I do not want to be the one sticking up for him no matter what he has done because I know he did wrong but the boss has faith in rooney especially after how he has turned berbs united career around so I think rooney will be the same. But sometimes fans gotta look at the bigger picture and realise rooney is having a bad time it wont go away fast lets support the guy because united need rooney in the long term. I have said this again and again. I do not trust latin players like chico because one way or another they all go to spain. berbs is coming to his 30s and he cannot play every game the legs will slow down, welbeck and macheda we do not know if they are coming or going. So rooney will be needed and next season he will be fully back, add the fact he is on a long term deal so he is this for the long haul

  13. fergie is the boss says:

    But say rooney is sold in the summer and he has a monster season next year, add chico and even berbs may have a second season struggle like ronnie had in 2005. united has a club if rooney was sold on the cheap are gonna like complete tits, especially after he is tied down in a long term deal. Heck PPL still say ronaldo was sold cheaply

  14. Paul Parker says:

    willierednut – agreed mate, we can’t carry anybody, not with Owen the Professional on the bench alongside Hernandez the Kid.

    cedars – exactly mate, im really not slagging him off, and im not saying Tevez is a better player either, I was ‘gutted’ just like everybody else hearing the news then seeing Alec in that press conference, But now I just want him to forgive himself and enjoy his football. He’s not the first cunt and won’t be the last. he needs to understand that and stop beating himself up. Rooney should be positive from now on, he’s fit, he’s got the Managers faith, his own supporters still cheer when they’d be justified to boo him… life is good. He’s gotta relax and start playing like he loves every minute of it, hopefully starting kickoff on Saturday.

    FletchTHEMAN, I’ll agree with that mate I wouldn’t want anybody but Berbatov and Rooney starting on Saturday. Alec was understandably trying to get Rooney to click before City but it hasn’t happened. I’d have rather Hernandez play leading up to this game then seen Rooney let off the leaash but what do i know! Just hoping Rio is back and either Scholes or Anderson starts, preferably both.

    Stateside Aussie – Who knows the team we’ll go to france with, been thinking about that myself. Hernandez does deserve a look in, but again, Its hard to have a fit Rooney on the bench and NOT play him. Hernandez could have done more for us this season against less dangerous teams. For me he should have started at Wolves, esp if Rooney was playing tonight, but what do i know. Can’t wait for CL tho!

  15. fergie is the boss says:

    Paul Parker – sorry about the missunderstanding, ROM posts from loads of fans has almost become the same where its just who takes the next punch

  16. CedarsDevil says:


    It has become fairly easy on here to differentiate between trolls and sensible fans mate….. Those who just appear here, throw about vile trash at our players are NOT fans

  17. StatesideAussie says:

    @Cedars … according to what I’ve seen online, the Little Pea is starting for Mexico. The lineup hasn’t been revealed, but that’s what “everyone” is expecting. I haven’t seen anyone saying he’s not available.

  18. willierednut says:

    Is Jack Wilshere the most over rated player in years, or what? Arsenal finally produce an English player, in donkey years and the media go fucking nuts!

  19. CedarsDevil says:


    That is terrible and worrying news…. It means he will not even make the bench for Saturday. A player who could certainly have had an impact coming off the bench. Here is hoping Owen can have that impact and score a 99th minute winner to break the blue noses hearts

  20. CedarsDevil says:

    Willie, not only is he over rated but seems to be a bloody twat as well. Seems the new England team will be ‘built’ around him!

  21. StatesideAussie says:

    @cedars … right. I’m expecting the bitters to play their infamous 9-1-0 formation or whatever the fuck that was when we played at the wastelands earlier this season, anything to avoid defeat. I am really hoping we don’t start with a lone striker.

  22. willierednut says:

    Hernandez will be on the bench.

  23. willierednut says:

    Did I hear that right? Some gooner fan comparing Wilshere to Duncan Edwards on talksport. Deary me.

  24. CedarsDevil says:

    Hope you are right Willie


    I hope we play with 2 up front as well. We should take the game to them. They will as you say play as defensive as possible and hope for a point. If we are able to control possession and wear them down then we should and will win the game

  25. FletchTHEMAN says:

    StateSide and Cedars,

    According to ESPN Deportes, the spanish branch of ESPN, the Mexico – Bosnia Friendly is all about getting the european based lads back for a match. I expect Chicharito to play. that means he will only arrive back on Friday and is unlikely for a saturday noon time kickoff. The game kicks off at 8pm (timezone of the eastern USA). So the club won’t know the details of his performance and fitness until tomorrow at the earliest.

  26. FletchTHEMAN says:

    If you like a laugh, Check out TalkShites ideas of the best England fullbacks. Aparently, Ash Cole comes up for the most capped england fullback tomorrow. Currently on 86 caps.

    If my bifocals aren’t lying:
    Tops is Stu Pierce #1
    Red Nev at #3
    Warren Barton (3Caps, ZIP wins) is actually on there as #6 ( must be misreading this!)

    This must be the list that those lads can remember. Jimmy Armfield (Blackpool 86 caps) only rates at #4. Roger Byrne doesn’t make the list sadly as he only managed 33 caps.

  27. willierednut says:

    Giles Oakley would tell you Jimmy Armfield was a great left back. These lists can be subjective though.

  28. mattbw7 says:

    willierednut says:
    Giles Oakley would tell you Jimmy Armfield was a great left back. These lists can be subjective though.

    I was once listening to Jimmy Armfield on the radio recounting the time his Blackpool called him into the office to inform that Sir Matt had enquired about him, asking if he would be good enough for UTD, Armfield adked his manager what he told Sir Matt and the answer was something along the lines of “I told him what I’m telling you, if he works hard he might just be good enough for Blackpool” and with that he was told to get back to training and the subject was never raised again. On the one side cruel on the other side maybe good.

    On another good defender, any goss on Rio, it doesn’t look good which means Fergie will leave it till the last possible moment.

  29. Vidic Is Titanium says:

    Best RB in the league

  30. Zibbie says:

    fergie is the boss says:16:23 post
    golf clap. Spot On.

  31. willierednut says:

    Golf clap? Zibbie dear.

  32. smartalex says:

    The Golf Clap is where your fore skin comes off in your hand as you applaud.
    Happens when the applause is the call.

  33. King Eric says:

    Willie mate. You did indeed hear someone comparing the vastly over rated wilshire to duncan edwards on talkshit. That station hols no bounds. In employing keys and gray they really scrape the bottom of the barrel to employ every odious cunt they cam find.

  34. torontored says:

    Wilshire compared to Duncan Edwards is as probably the worst insult we could ever receive. I saw him as small kid but too young to appreciate how good he was. Those older than me that did see him (both United and City fans) spoke of a boy in a mans body with more talent than anyone of the day even at 21. Commited, could strike a ball with either foot, could play literally anywhere on the park but would have been the equivalent of a modern day box to box midfielder -likely would have dropped back to defence in his later years.

    Sir Bobby comments “he was the only player i felt inferior to” – that in itself is a statement because no one, not even even Best, Pele or Beckenbauer received that accolade.

    Anyway on to Saturday – hear that Rio will not start. So reckon Smalling will. Just hope to God he has his head on straight and keeps his concentration.

    Responding to other posts as to the need to give Evans and Smalling time – SAF will give them that. I ust hope they start looking like United players sooner rather than later. Of the two Smalling looks like he will make it – Evans does seem to have lost a bit of confidence. Often one really goo game will do it and if Evans does play then let this be it.

    Interesting comment from Trappatoni wrt Gibson — saying basically he has it but does get enough time on the field and needs to leave United same can be said for Evans and Smalling

    Beat the blue bastards Saturday

    UNITED 194 – 2011

  35. torontored says:

    Fuck me – just read the article noted by FletchTHEMAN. Greatest Full Backs

    After Gary Nev the best English full back I ever saw was Ray Wilson – probably one of the only full backs who kept Bestie quiet. Played in the 66 final with a concussion! Also an Oldham lad.

    Warren Barton? Thank God I live here and do not have to listen to that shit.

  36. triggerhappy says:

    Gnev at right back against City would have been sweet. Motivation to not loose beats youth and pace every day in the week. Gnev is all about motivation and noone near him would ever consider looing against the wasteland pack.

  37. ahmad yunus says:

    Raf can fill the vacum creat by Nev.

  38. StatesideAussie says:

    @triggerhappy … nah – Rafael looks pretty bloody motivated and fired up to me. In fact, one of my concerns about saturday’s match is that the bitters (especially the poisonous dwarf tevez) might wind up on purpose just to get him sent off … SAF and Vidic and others are going to have to prepare the lad for that possibility and monitor it carefully…


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