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Perfect Timing For Fabio Return?

Manchester United Reserves drew 1-1 with Everton yesterday, with Manucho scoring his first goal for the club after Everton took an early lead.

Manucho played a big part in a game United dominated, with Everton keeper Ruddy making several crucial saves against the likes of Tom Cleverley, Danny Drinkwater, and of course, Manucho.

Whilst we can be pleased our Angolan striker is now off the mark, the more important news might be the return to fitness for a certain second half substitute.

Rafael Da Silva’s twin brother, Fabio, came on with half an hour to play. Whilst his impact on the game wasn’t huge, it is good news that his shoulder injury is now healed. With Patrice Evra facing four games out, there is a chance Fabio might be thrown in the first team, particularly considering two of the matches Evra misses are cup games.

John O’Shea looks massively out of his depth playing as a full-back, particularly when we’re used to the pace and skill Evra brings to the attacking side of that role. Fabio, like brother Rafael and team mate Evra, has the pace and ability to run at the opposition, taking them on, and therefore adding to our attack. Fabio comes as the more highly rated player in their homeland of Brazil, which is pretty exciting considering how much praise Rafael has received since playing with us in the first team.

With the Middlesbrough game falling at the end of the month, would you like to see Fabio given a go?

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  1. lexie16 says:

    i watched the game last nite on mutv…i havent seen much of fabio..but glad he has returned on the scene and that he will show us why fergi signed him and his brother..rafael has come on leaps and bounds at united and i really hope fabio follows suit..however fabio looked to be short of match fitness thus hindering his impact on the field..but im sure with a little more training and game time he’ll be ready to show us wht he has in store 4 us

  2. cherry says:

    Fabio like his bro is a bag of talent, just hope he will shake up that shoulder injury and be a real hit. I pray he would not bow like Kleberson aftre he sustained that shoulder injury in a game against Wolves some years ago. That was the begining of the end of a very promising playa in Kleberson.

    Again, we have drawn Inter and stupid Mourinho in the CL second round. I cant wait for the mind games to start. I hope fergie will not fall for his tricks this time round as he did few years ago when that stupid mourinho was in porto.

  3. denton davey says:

    Play both of them; talent is key against a team like ‘boro that will park-the-bus and hope for a goal on the counter-attack.

  4. Red-Manc says:

    If Fabio does turn out to be as good as Rafael can you imagen them both playing, our attacking force is already the best in the league but when even our defenders can tear you apart we will be terrorizing teams.

    I think it will be harder for Fabio to get into the team because Evra is the best left back in the world ATM, but times like these when bans/injures come around Fabio will get a chance.

  5. Costas says:

    I am glad he is back and i can’t wait to see him.I think the M’Boro game is the best one for him to debut but only as a sub.None the less,he needs to debut at Old Trafford on order to built confidence.I have heard that he is not as good as Rafael but that doesn’t say much given how tremendous he has been.One thing about O’Shea.It might be 5 years since he was nutmegging Figo but i feel he is still a reliable defender and can offer some service as we attack.

  6. bruce thomas says:

    According to Rafael himself, Fabio is the more talented of the two. I hope he gets his chance soon.

  7. Eddie from S A says:

    looking forward to seeing Fabio if as good as he is said to be he will be a star but remember Phil was supposed to be far superior to Gary when they were kids

  8. Jake says:

    it’s not just that O’ Shea looks out of his depth in attacking play, defensively some of his decisions are appauling. I think the commentator pointed the finger at Rio for Aalborg’s second headed goal the other week but O’ Shea had mysteriously drifted onto Rio’s man instead of staying out on his who put the header in without any pressure…He’s going to give me a heart attack if he plays these next four games, so get anybody on and if Fabio’s back and he’s anything like his brother (or even better as he’s supposed to be), then play him.

  9. EastStandManc says:

    Good to hear Manucho’s off the mark – whether he admits it or not, as a fellow striker I know it’s always a relief to be among the goals again. Things will come more naturally for him now and it gives us yet another option up front, thankfully.

    As for Fabio; yeah, why not? His brother has shown the temperament required and by all accounts Fabio was supposed to be the better of the two anyway. A couple of matches against Derby and a home tie against Boro would be as perfect a time as any to find out how good he is, I imagine.

  10. King Eric says:

    Absolutely, if he is fit play him and give him a chance. Our attack on paper is excellent before you even throw the wing backs into the mix. Like JOS and his attitude but does not exactly fill me with confidence.

  11. AlexOfMancunia says:

    I think he’ll need some more time in the reserves first to regain fitness and sharpness. Not sure if he’ll be as good as Rafael anymore though, since Rafael has come on in leaps and bounds during his first few months with the first team.

    Shame Fabio had to get injured really, he would almost certainly have gotten his chance with the first team after some of the goals he was getting for the reserves.

  12. dave killer says:

    In response to costas: fabio is apparently the better of the two. The new Roberto Carlos apparently as he chips in with a few goals!

    My only concern is that he “may” not start as well as rafael because a) very young b) just come back from injury so we need to patient and I hope in time we will have out very own r. Carlos in the making!

    To have these two kids as back up fullbacks for now is fantastic, our team is very young and talented. We just need to get rid of the old guard I.e. Giggs, neville & scholes.

  13. themarkedman72 says:

    oshea was to blame for the goal against the borg.
    Fabio and rafael.
    Cant wait.
    They just strike me as real united players.
    a mix of attacking flair and defensive commitement.
    Love that hard running brazillian wing back mentallity.
    I get a buzz out of em.
    Something special.

  14. OTRed says:

    Whos’ more defensive minded???

  15. ManU says:

    Retire Gary and appoint Ferdinand the captain from now on.Giggs should not be given the captain armband eventhough he and Scholes will be playing 30mins.or so. Rooney or Ronaldo should be the vise captain and the worst player John Oshea must be sell off asap.Teves is hardworking but always lost control of the ball and must practise scoring goals accurately or else warm the bench and allow Manucho or Wellbeck to be in the team. Fabio and Rafeal showed alot of potentials must play regularly to gell into the first team.Football is about pace these days because defending dont lies on the full back alone but also the foward. As far as Gary and Oshea are concerned they dont have the pace and always ballwatching.

  16. EastStandManc says:

    @ ManU: Don’t make me laugh!

    Your username is a joke to begin with, but, that aside, let’s get this clear;

    1) You want one of our most versatile, reliable squad members to be sold off?

    2) You criticise, of all things, Carlito’s ball retention (possibly one of his best skills) and then want him benched for Manucho or Welbeck?

    3) You want Rio as Captain and Ronaldo as Vice Captain?

    Fuck. Right. Off.

  17. Jake says:

    yeah the name says it all, you’re either a girl or a southerner


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