Manchester United defender Fabio da Silva has admitted that the time has come to leave Old Trafford, and will look for a move away from the Premier League champions when the transfer window reopens in January, reports ESPN Brazil.

The 23-year-old has struggled to cement his place in David Moyes's first-team following a successful season-long loan spell with Queens Park Rangers in 2012/13.

Patrice Evra is currently first-choice left-back at Manchester United, with Alexander Buttner ahead of Fabio in the pecking order as the Frenchman's understudy.

The Brazilian hasn't enjoyed the same career progression as twin brother Rafael, who has successfully established himself as the Red Devils' right-back in the past two seasons.

Fabio's failure to secure regular football has prompted the former Fluminense star to reconsider his long-term future, after five frustrating years at Manchester United.

"I don't know, man. I think the time has come and maybe in the next window or even next season, I think I might leave," he said. "There are good possibilities.

"I'm looking for other clubs. There's nothing certain, we'll leave it for later. I want to be happy, man. I want to play, I want to be happy, I want to be close to my family.

"I may go back to Brazil, or maybe not, I'm checking with my manager to see what is the best for me."

Rafael recently distanced himself from rumours linking him with a return to Brazil, reiterating his commitment to Manchester United. But, the same can't be said for out-of-favour Fabio.

"The affection I have for Fluminense is very big, for sure. I played there for seven years, and certainly if I have to go back to Fluminense I'm going with great pride because I have a special affection for them."

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