Rafael da Silva has turned into somewhat of the forgotten man at Manchester United over the last twelve months, having been dropped with Louis van Gaal opting for the Ecuadorian international Antonio Valencia in his place.
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Manchester United host Southampton at Old Trafford on Sunday, with a potentially season-defining three points on the line against a rival competitor for a spot in the top four. Louis van Gaal got one over on his old pal Ronald Koeman last time, and he’ll be hoping for the same result again.
Manchester United have been handed an injury boost ahead of the visit of Stoke City on Tuesday night, with Rafael da Silva taking to Instagram to confirm his return to full training. The right-back has been missing for over a month with a groin injury, and with Antonio Valencia the only player who can cover for the 24-year old, it’ll be great to have him back and available for selection.
Manchester United’s injury-hit squad could receive a boost during the international break, as Radamel Falcao and Rafael Da Silva have told a fan that they’ll both be back for the game against Arsenal in a fortnights time. He also met Jesse Lingard at the game, and he should be available to play at the end of the month.
Manchester United’s injury-hit season looks set to continue, as two more players have been injured over the past few days. It feels like as soon as we get one player back, we lose two more, and this time its the duo of Rafael Da Silva and Marcos Rojo who are sidelined, with the latter look set to miss a lot of football…
Manchester United missed Rafael for large parts of last season due to injury, and he’s one of those players thats very underrated by Manchester United fans and football fans in general. When he came back off the sidelines this season, he shown exactly what he is capable of by putting in a Man of the Match performance in his first game back.
Manchester United’s squad has been threadbare due to a serious string of injuries recently – and particularly in the defensive areas. So when Rafael Da Silva took to Twitter this afternoon to suggest that he is back and ready for action, it certainly gave Manchester United and their fans a huge boost.
Manchester United fans in the city will be hurting going into work this morning and no doubt taking stick from their blue supporting colleagues. It seems as though Rafael is no different though, judging by his latest Instagram post, in which he claims he has never felt so sad in his life.
After what was arguably United’s best performance of the season, two Reds have been singled-out as the star performers and have been named in Who Scored‘s European Team of the Week. Rafael and Marouane Fellaini, who achieved scores of 9.1 and 9.0 respectively feature in the team of the week alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Arjen Robben.
Fabio da Silva was expected to leave Manchester United on loan during the January transfer window, however his agent Cassiano Pereira has admitted that he’ll be staying at Manchester United until the summer at least. He also added the point that United’s first choice right-back, and Fabio’s twin brother Rafael, could also leave.