It’s been a busy day for the twins of the da Silva household with both of the United defenders agreeing deals. Shortly after the news that Rafael had signed a new 4 year deal with the club, it was announced that his twin, Fabio, would be leaving the club on loan and heading to QPR.
Fabio, who joined the club back in 2008 from Fluminense, alongside his twin brother, Rafael, has been allowed to leave the club as Sir Alex Ferguson hopes he will gain the greatly needed experience of playing Premier League football, week in, week out.
When the twins joined the club, it was Fabio who was touted as the better of the two brothers, however Rafael’s development and experience has been vastly helped by the injuries and subsequent retirement of Gary Neville, as well as the sale of Wes Brown and John O’Shea. Fabio on the other hand has had the almost ever present figure of Patrice Evra in front of him. In the time Fabio has been at the club, he has made just 21 appearances, (Rafael has 52) whilst Evra has made almost 200.
QPR manager and former United striker Mark Hughes said “It’s a great opportunity for us to loan a good, young player, who has decent experience of playing for a top club like Manchester United. He’s played a lot of senior games for United, so it shows the quality he’s got. I know they think very highly of him and we believe he has all the attributes to be a success here next season.
“First and foremost, he’s a good defender. He’s got great enthusiasm as well, and just like his brother, he’s a top professional. We can give him the games he’s craving at this stage of his career, so it benefits everybody. He’s very versatile – he can play left or right-back and he’s also been utilised in midfield by Sir Alex in the past, so we know what we’re getting, and that’s a very good player.”
Lets hope Fabio’s loan spell at QPR is more prosperous than that of Federico Macheda who joined last January in hope of gaining vital experience, only for QPR to be bought out, change their manager, and make a host of signings, leaving Macheda with only 3 appearances for the side.
If the loan is a success, it can only be beneficial for both United and Fabio and I wish him all the best.
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