Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Rafael came to talk to him after the game to ask him to look after Fabio at Cardiff City.
Fabio’s permanent deal means that it will be the first time the twins play for separate teams on a permanent basis. Last year, Fabio went on loan to QPR but this is the first time they will be officially owned by two separate clubs and Rafael wants to make sure Fabio gets treated well down in South Wales.
Speaking after the game, Solskjaer said: “He (Fabio) wanted to stay near his family and they’ve played in the same team they’re whole life.
“Rafael came to me after the game and asked me to look after his brother, his big brother, apparently Rafael was born a few minutes later.
“I’ll look after him, he’s good for us.”
It’s going to be a testing time for the twins to be separated on a permanent basis but in the interest of their careers, it is the right thing to do.
Last year, Rafael was fantastic in the absence of his brother sitting in the stands at Old Trafford because he knew he was getting opportunities elsewhere and against Cardiff, Rafael’s improved performance was reminiscent of how he played in 2012/13.
Safe in the knowledge Fabio is getting chances to play, Rafael can play without that burden on his shoulders which is why I think Fabio’s move could actually end up helping Rafael in the long run. It will force him to concentrate solely back on his football and family, something he was able to do last year, which should bring the best back out of Rafael.