Rafael da Silva has admitted to feeling responsible for Manchester United’s loss in the Champions League quarter final against Bayern Munich last year, as the Brazilian looks for redemption in this year’s final against Barcelona.
“I think so,” da Silva said, when asked if he felt accountable for United’s exit. “Because once you start winning trophies, that’s important for us.
“I think I’ve learned a lot from that because I was much younger at the time, and I hope I will ever repeat the same situation again.”
Da Silva says he is working a balance between being an aggressive player and keeping a cool head in big matches for Manchester United, so the youngster doesn’t make the same mistake he did last year. “Sometimes it’s nice to be aggressive during a match, but I am much calmer now.”
Da Silva is in a unique situation at Manchester United, fighting with twin brother Fabio for the wing position on the squad.
While Fabio looks favourite to start on Saturday, and Rafael most likely on the bench, the 20-year-old says that whichever brother wins a place will be congratulated.
“My brother’s been playing quite well as we will try to fight for the place,” Rafael said via a translator at the Manchester United Champions League final media day.
“Of course because we are very close with each other so we have to congratulate each other,” the starlet said. “We’ve been doing this since we were very young so we want to get each other up there.”