Ryan Giggs has sung the praises of Rafael da Silva after the noticeable improvements in his game this season, both offensively and defensively.

“Rafael has come on in leaps and bounds over the last few months,” said Giggs. “I have seen a massive improvement, not only in the way he plays but within him as a person. I come up against him in a lot of training sessions because we play in opposite positions and I have seen the maturity develop over the last three or four months. If he keeps developing he is going to be a brilliant player.”

Giggs is also impressed with Rafael’s natural enthusiasm for the game.

“You can’t teach that, the enthusiasm Rafael brings to the game when he makes those forward runs and dribbles past people,” he continued. “Players rely on that appetite.”