Did you watch the FA Cup match between Manchester United and Tottenham today? If not, you have missed the start of a possible revolution – the one of many that constantly occur at Old Trafford.
Rafael Da Silva, the young Brazilian right-back, has already been one of the finds of the season for United, so much so that injuries to Gary Neville and Wes Brown have hardly caused Sir Alex Ferguson a headache. Rafael’s brilliance and maturity defies his age, and as an attacking wingback in the Neville mold, he has, through his performances, already led many to conclude that he can make the right-back position at United his own for years to come.
But today’s find was Fabio Da Silva, Rafael’s twin brother, who made his senior debut for the club, filling in for the injured Patrice Evra. To claim that Fabio was outstanding would be an understatement. He outshone Cristiano Ronaldo on the left flank today, and the World Footballer of the Year would have been pleased to note that the precocious Brazilian teenager wasn’t playing against him. Just ask Chris Gunter who was overrun time and again by young Fabio today.
It might be too early to say this, but my bet is that the Da Silvas are the next Nevilles at United.
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