Rafael feels the attacking football Manchester United played in the first half against West Ham is what they should be aiming towards this season.
Similar to the first half performance against Leicester City, United were dominant in possession and lethal going forward.
Rafael’s buccaneering runs down the right flank led to Wayne Rooney‘s opener after his cross was turned in by the striker and Robin van Persie followed it up with a precise finish off the back of a Radamel Falcao pass.
United’s football was incisive and fluid which is something that Rafael wants to see more of this season.
“I think we played brilliant football in the first half, apart from conceding from a set piece,” he said.
“We could have scored more goals, and I think the way we played in the first half is the way we have to play from now on.
“If we had drawn the game, I think everyone would have felt deflated in the dressing room, but instead we were all motivated and knew we would sleep well that night. After last week [against Leicester], I couldn’t sleep all night!”
As well as being heavily involved in United’s excellent play going forward, Rafael had a big role to play in keeping West Ham from equalising.
“You just have to fight for every ball and that’s what we did,” he added. “Every player was trying to prevent them from crossing the ball because we knew how good they were in the air. We did very well.
“When they had the ball in the net at the end, I looked over and saw that the linesman had his flag up and was thankful for that! We defended as a team in the second half, everyone was brilliant.”