Danny Simpson is starting to panic after watching Rafael Da Silva in action, and rightly so. The young Brazilian has impressed all when taking up that right back spot, with Sir Alex Ferguson singing his praises in the past week.
Simpson looked decent enough in his outings last season, particularly in his Premiership game against Wigan where he set up a Wayne Rooney goal, but has since been loaned out to Paul Ince’s Blackburn outfit.
Whilst trying to sound relaxed about the potential of winning back a place in United’s squad, it appears as though Simpson is worried that it will be a case of out of sight, out of mind, for him.
“I saw Rafael’s debut on TV and he played really well,” he said. “But I never looked on it as blocking my way back. It is good to see young lads getting a chance. That is what Man United is all about and you don’t expect any different. Good luck to him. It can all come down to experience in the end and here at Blackburn I am getting a lot of it in the Premier League every week now. If I play 20-30 matches in the Premier League it will make me a better player. I could go back to Old Trafford and the other younger lads then might go out on loan. You just never know. Things change week in week out. I don’t think the new group of lads emerging shuts the door on the likes of myself. You never know what is around the corner in football. When you leave United it could be a case of out of sight out of mind. You might worry about that in the past but not now.”
Does Simpson still have a future at United?
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