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Rafael: Fergie Team Talk Changed My Performance

Rafael was given an awful time by Ronaldo, Ozil and Coentrao in the first half, and after being booked, it looked as though the manager may have taken him off to avoid what seemed to be an inevitable red card.

It should be noted that most right backs would struggle against such talent, particularly those aged just 22, and highly rated Pablo Zabaleta had a nightmare at the Bernabeu earlier this season, letting Ronaldo past him to score an injury time winner.

Rafael’s second half performance was much better and our Brazilian has revealed it is thanks to a chat from Sir Alex Ferguson at half time.

“Ferguson talked to me at half-time because I was leaving some space behind me,” Rafael told Globo Esporte. “I was a little anxious because I didn’t feel that I was playing well, but I did improve a lot after the break. We now have the advantage. It’s like it is still goalless and we have the home leg to come, but I still think we could have won the game. We now have a great chance of advancing to the next round.”

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8 Comments

  1. domunited says:

    I’m glad you posted his age because I always forget how young the twins are. DDG, twins, Powell, Tom, Welbz, and quite a few others… future looks bright. Glad to hear he takes Fergie’s advice so well and so quickly. Indeed we should have left Madrid with the win.

  2. A@k@sh says:

    In think man utd should buy G.bale from tottenham he is the copy of R.giggs it would be wonderful if bale come to united

  3. DreadedRed says:

    “Ferguson talked to me at half-time because I was leaving some space behind me … I did improve a lot after the break”

    Not bad for a clueless old geezer with no tactical appreciation (according to some idiots!)

  4. wayne says:

    The right back is always reliant on who’s playing in front of him that’s the reason i was surprised Tony V didn’t start although he’s been taking a lot of stick this season he’s massive for Utd on a defensive level.Tony V and Rafa support each other well

  5. wayne says:

    The right back is always reliant on who’s playing in front of him that’s the reason i was surprised Tony V didn’t start although he’s been taking a lot of stick this season he’s massive for Utd on a defensive level.Tony V and Rafa support each other well

  6. Wakey says:

    I felt in the first half it wasn’t so much Rafael playing badly but the team leaving him exposed all too often. He was being doubled up on with little support and the biggest difference in the second half ended up being that this wasn’t happening. When a second player joined in someone else offered Rafa help

  7. denton davey says:

    Wayne @ 13:17: “Tony V and Rafa support each other well”

    Yeah BUT AV7 has been just awful in attack this season – I’m almost amazed at myself for saying so (and I can only wonder what you and Marq would say) but I think that AshleyYoung would be a better partner for LittleRedRafa than Valencia !

  8. slayer says:

    Although he had a hard time with Real but I think he will be better and perhaps one of the best that we had in the current team. Rafael has been improving and getting better all the time. I believe the match with Real might help him to grow and maybe he will be better in the next match.

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