Ever since their move to the club, the Da Silva twins have always been known to spend every second together. That changed last season – Fabio was struggling for games and Rafael was flourishing, the former was sent out to QPR on loan and now they have spoken out about that time apart.
Rafael said that the time apart meant other players at the club treated him differently and talked to him more.
“When my brother went to QPR, people around the club behaved in a different way towards me,”
“Before they tended not to talk that much. Maybe they felt intimidated because we were always together. Last year they started to talk to me. It was different. It helped me a lot.”
He also said that he knows one day they’ll be split up for good and end up playing for different clubs on a permanent basis. Although if Fabio develops as much as his twin brother, they could hold down the left and right-back positions for the next 10 years.
“When we first came to Manchester we said it was brilliant but we knew it wouldn’t last forever and that one day we will have to play in different places,”
“It is not made easier because we play in the same position. Unless I play on the left we can’t play at the same time. That is always going to create a problem.”
Fabio was once classed in higher regard than Rafael, and many forget he started at right-back in the 2011 Champions League final. The potential is clearly there so hopefully we’ll see him kick on and challenge Patrice Evra at left-back.