Manchester United defender to battle brother for place

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Manchester United defender Fabio is desperate to become the Red Devils' first-choice right-back - even it is meaning competing against twin brother Rafael.

The 23-year-old arrived at Old Trafford with Rafael in 2008 from Fluminense, but has struggled to hold down a first-team place, unlike his brother who has cemented his status as United's permanent right-back.

Fabio was considered the better player of the two brothers back in Brazil and was deployed at left-back on occasions during his first few seasons at Old Trafford.

But he now has his sights set firmly on the right-back spot after starting in that position during Saturday's 2-0 home win over Crystal Palace.

"My brother and I are going to fight for the right-back position," the Brazilian, who spent last season on loan at Queens Park Rangers, told The Sun. "Why not? We have always fought over everything, PlayStation, anything. we fight with each other to win. This is no different. Now we are 23 we are mature.

"It's not important whether me or him plays but that we do well. It's a big thing to play for United. We just have to play and enjoy it."

Rafael is currently out injured with the hamstring injury he picked up in the Community Shield win over Wigan Athletic in August.

It's expected that he will regain the right-back spot when he returns - although Fabio clearly has other ideas.

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