Of the 13 tackles won, 6 were in the air, despite Rafael being just 5ft 8ins tall.
Wes Brown and Gary Neville having started two games each at right back, and John O’Shea five in that position. But Rafael has got the nod in six, including United’s last two fixtures.
Made in Manchester is available for just £5. It includes 30 articles from the country's best football writers about graduates from the Manchester United academy. Everyone who buys a copy enters a competition to win the new home shirt. All profit goes to Trafford Macmillan so please support this fantastic cause.