Fabio da Silva has criticised Luis Suarez for refusing to shake Patrice Evra’s hand ahead of Manchester United’s 2-1 victory at the weekend. Rio Ferdinand refused to shake Suarez’s hand in response and Fabio reckons the Uruguayan’s behaviour helped motivate United even more than usual.

“I believe that in life it is always necessary to forgive,” he told Globoesporte. “Patrice wanted to forgive Suarez. In Anfield he was attacked, but at Old Trafford he offered the hand. The action of Suarez was not justified. For me, to reject the hand of someone is very serious. The action of the Uruguayan before the beginning of the match increased our force to defeat Liverpool. In the ground, there was calm and the rivalry. But after the action of Suarez, the tension exploded.”

After the final whistle on Saturday, Fabio’s twin brother, Rafael, joined Evra in celebrating in front of the Stretford End.