Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa stole the headlines in Manchester United’s 3-2 victory over Fulham on Saturday but Rafael put in a fantastic performance. He scored United’s third goal but could of had two or three in all honesty and his partnership with Valencia was one of the most impressive on the pitch.
“I hope to score more goals. I enjoy my game, I’m just getting mature now and I love football, so it’s all good“. Rafael
Speaking with MUTV, Rafael was keen to point out that he hopes to net a few more goals this season.
He said: “Everyone knows everyone has these skills and everyone scores. We will score a lot of goals this season, I hope.
“I know I’ve not scored many goals, but I’m very happy.”
Rafael is one of the most improved players at United in the past 12 months. His discipline has vastly improved and he isn’t as hot headed in the tackle as he has been previously. He is our first choice right back and now that he has his hands on the #2 shirt, he seems ready to take on the challenge of following in the footsteps of Gary Neville.
As well as his own progression, Fabio going out on loan will do nothing but help Rafael. As much as I hope that the twins are United’s full backs in the future, Fabio is not at the same level as his brother and him being at United held Rafael back. Now that he has his chance at regular first team football, Rafael will have a guilty weight taken off his shoulders and put all his efforts into concentrating on his own football career.
It goes without saying that he is still far from the complete defender but his natural attacking game is blossoming. If he can now knuckle down and avoid injuries, this could be his breakthrough season as an indispensable player in the United squad.