Despite having two international caps for Brazil, Fabio da Silva has so far failed to match the success of his twin brother, Rafael, at Manchester United.
With Patrice Evra representing a near ever-present in the United defence over the past five years, the 22-year-old has only managed 51 appearances in all his time at the club, with only eight of those starts in the Premier League.
He has not been helped by injuries either, with shoulder and calf problems restricting him to just two appearances during his first season at Old Trafford, and, with his contract set to expire in 2014, it appears that the Brazilian’s future may lie elsewhere.
It was no surprise then, when Sir Alex Ferguson sent the young full-back out on loan to fellow Premier League side Queens Park Rangers at the beginning of this season.
However, since joining the Loftus Road outfit, Fabio has begun to show the form that persuaded United to sign him back in 2007. Despite suffering a stress fracture in his back earlier in the season, the Brazilian has gone on to make 19 appearances for the Hoops in all competitions, becoming a regular under new manager Harry Redknapp.
“He [Redknapp] is good to work with,” Fabio told London24.
“I feel I’ve become a better defender. He’s put me on the left wing, right wing as well.
“I am enjoying it here.”
Fabio’s progress isn’t going unnoticed back at Old Trafford, with United’s Reserve manager, Warren Joyce, recently praising the youngster by stating that he felt there was not too much between him and his, so far more successful, twin brother Rafael. T
he Brazilian confirmed that he was still in regular contact with the players and staff at United and that, whilst he was happy to receive such praise, he was fully focused on the task at hand at QPR.
“It’s very nice [to hear that],” Fabio commented.
“[But] I’m here now and I want to help QPR get out of the relegation zone.”
It appears to be an uphill struggle for Fabio and his teammates at Loftus Road, especially after their discouraging 3-2 defeat at the hands of relegation rivals Aston Villa last weekend. However, the young defender remains focused on helping to keep QPR in the Premier League, knowing that an impressive run in their survival bid could help him secure his future at Old Trafford.
“I believe, 100 per cent, that we can survive,” the Brazilian concluded.
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