Manchester United’s Brazalian right back Rafael has not been without his critics in his four years with the club but it turns out that none more so than himself. However, that has not stopped his team mate Rio Ferdinand from praising the defender and tipping him to be a top full back for years to come.
Ferdinand explained, “Rafa is his own worst critic. He is emotional and sometimes when he makes a mistake he has to make up for it immediately. That comes out in his game at times. When I was his age I was a lot like that. I used to be more interested in what was happening in the attacking part of the game and further up the pitch than defensive play. With experience that will disappear and you will see a top right-back.”
Rafael joined Manchester United, along with his twin brother Fabio who is currently on loan at Queen Park Rangers, from Fluminense back in 2008. Rafael has since managed to rack up 94 appearances for Manchester United and signed a new four year contract with the club in July this year.
Manchester United take on Newcastle United at Old Trafford tonight in the Capital One Cup which kicks off at 19:45 UK time.