As Manchester United go in search of another Premier League title, two young stars have shown star quality throughout the season. 

Rafael da Silva and David de Gea have been hugely instrumental for United this campaign and both seem to have matured greatly since last season and throughout this season.

Rafael, who was given the iconic number two shirt, after Gary Neville retired, has managed to hold down the right-back position, and produced some brilliant back-to-back performances. 

As well as defending, this 22 year old Brazilian is brilliant at getting forward and is capable of scoring quite remarkable goals. 

His twin brother, Fabio, was loaned out to QPR and I'm sure there were a few people who feared this might have had a negative effect on his football, but Rafael has strived to improve and has to be one of the best right-backs in the Premier League this season.

It's always promising when you watch one young player go from strength-to-strength, but Sir Alex Ferguson must be delirious with the efforts of David de Gea.

It's a hard task to fill Edwin van der Sar's gloves and at times it appears the pressure gets to the young Spaniard.

At just 22, the goal-keeper has been criticised for his lack of aerial authority. While De Gea has had a few shaky moments, to say the least, when he's on form he pulls off some outstanding saves.

But, it seems this young goalkeeper is edging any nervousness or 'shaky' moments out of his game, making many important saves and keeping clean sheets.

United have had five clean sheets on the bounce in the Premier League, and although the defence play a massive part in this, De Gea has been a huge part of the success and has matured as the season's gone on.

De Gea now looks the part between the sticks at Old Trafford. 


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