The 22-year-old Brazilian has progressed massively and has transformed himself from a naive and often unreliable full back into one of United’s most consistent performers and during the trophy celebrations, he revealed his own special thanks to Ferguson with a specially made T-shirt.
Making his own T-shirt is a brilliant touch. I love Rafael. Ferguson loves Rafael. Rafael loves Ferguson. Ferguson showed his faith in him and never wavered despite such high profile errors like his red card against Bayern Munich and United have reaped the rewards.
Going into the unknown post-Fergie era, Rafael will be a massive part of it. It was a sad day when Gary Neville hung up his boots but in Rafael, United have found a more than adequate replacement. Viva Rafael.