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?