Fabio ready to battle with Rafael at Manchester United

Fabio ready to battle with Rafael at Manchester United

Manchester United’s U21 manager Warren Joyce has claimed “there’s not a lot” between Fabio and his twin brother Rafael Da Silva and says he is delighted with the progress made by the Brazilian.

Fabio has been on loan at QPR since the beginning of the season and cemented his place as a regular starter since Harry Redknapp took over from Mark Hughes in November, recently helping the QPR to a vital 3-1 win over Sunderland.

The victory was QPR’s second consecutive win which could prove pivotal in their fight to avoid relegation and Warren Joyce hopes Fabio can continue his current run of form for the remainder of the season.

“Fabio has established himself in the team at QPR now and looks up for a huge fight and the big test there,” Joyce told United Review. “I just hope Fabio has a run of games.

“His brother Rafael has done fantastically well this year but there’s not a lot between them. You could argue who is the best player but Fabio just needs a run of games to prove that. Hopefully, he will get that during the run-in and it will stand him in good stead when he gets back to United.”

The Brazilian full-back has made 17 league appearances for QPR and scored his first goal for the club in his solitary FA Cup outing this season. It is the belief of many that Alex Buttner will go out on loan next season and with Evra nearly 32, it will be interesting to see how Fabio upon his return to Old Trafford.

Both players have improved since playing apart and have played with a certain degree of freedom that they didn’t have before. If they can keep up the levels of progression they have shown this season, then it might not be long before United have another set of brothers marauding from the full-back positions.

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Tom is a lifelong red who regularly goes to Manchester United games and is a fan of everything at the club, right down to the Under 18s and below.