Overrated! Over-hyped! He's awful! These are phrases that have been used to describe Rafael da Silva since he first joined Manchester United in 2008 and he sure has proven them wrong this season.
Working his way into the team, he managed to become the first choice right-back for United at the age of merely 22 which clearly shows he must be something special. He is well known for being an energetic full-back who helps out in defending and attacking.
Similar to Patrice Evra, Rafael could be likened to what is now a modern day full-back. He does occasionally have a temperament issue as was shown when he was sent off against Bayern Munich in the 2010 Champions League semi-final for a second yellow-card.
Nonetheless he has learned and performed excellently alongside Ryan Giggs to negate (for a large period of the game) Cristiano Ronaldo when the Red Devils took on Real Madrid.
This season especially his combination with the United wingers, most notably Antonio Valencia, has been a key point in Manchester United's attack.
On the overlap he has delivered pinpoint crosses to vital goals like Wayne Rooney's second in the Manchester Derby and Javier Hernandez's winner against Chelsea at the Bridge.
On top of that he's even added crucial goals to his name, namely the equaliser against Liverpool at Anfield and off course the 30-yard screamer against QPR. He really has had arguably his best season at Manchester United and being only 22 years old there could be a lot more to come.
People are saying he could be the next Dani Alves, the next Cafu and the next Roberto Carlos.
I disagree, I want him to make a household name for himself and stay as Rafael da Silva.
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