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Simpson: My Experience Will Win Me Rafael’s Spot In The Team

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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  1. Stephen says:

    No I am afraid, good lad but doe snot have required of a full back at the highest level, best to cash in me thinks.

  2. TK 99 says:

    Nah, i doubt it.

  3. Penguin says:

    What I saw of him last season I liked – I know Rafael is being hailed as the second coming, but Simpson is a proper defender rather than a winger who tackles a bit.

    It’s hard to tell, so reserve judgment and see how he gets on over the season at Blackburn. If he does well, we’re in a win-win position – either we bring him back to be part of the next generation, or we cash in for £5m to help balance our transfer expenditure.

    One thing I do disagree with, though – there’s no way Rafael is going to be allowed out on loan.

  4. Gapi says:

    I thought he could be a good player for us last year after the Wigan and Kiev matches but he faded since then. I’ll trust Fergie’s judgement.

  5. Mj says:

    I feel bad for him. Taking the loan was a good step for him, and I was looking foward to seeing him back in the team but I’m afraid the arrival of Raphael has rendered him obselete.

  6. Stephen says:

    Penguin, fullbacks of the modern game are really wingers who defend a bit. Bosingwa, Cole, Evra, Alves, Segio Ramos, Clichy, Maicon ect all fall into that category. They to the attack and have the pace to get back and defend, but the majority of Champions league clubs spend most of their time in the oppersitions half. That is how football is changing I suppose, I agree it is really early days with Raphael and we should all try to keep our powder dry, but its hard!

  7. Failsworth Devil says:

    Rafael every day of the week for me… and thats above any of our right backs at the mo………….. to put it in one word “Exciting”…

    Its what us OT faithful, demand, want, require and need…

    I reckon Danny Simpson will be used as a makeweight for any deal with Wigan for either Palacios or Valencia.

  8. denton davey says:

    DannyBoy, keep on dreaming. Your train has left the station. The Da Silva twins are absolutely, definitely ahead of you.


    End of subject.


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