Manchester United fans react after Rafael scores first Lyon goal

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Manchester United fans still have a soft spot for Rafael, judging by their reaction on Twitter to his first goal for Lyon on Friday evening.

The Brazilian right-back, who spent seven years at Old Trafford before leaving in the summer, scored with five minutes left on the clock to secure a valuable league point against hosts AS Monaco.

The ball fell kindly to the South American inside the penalty area and he kept his composure by slamming the ball past Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subasic. (Scroll down this page to see the video).


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Interestingly - and rather bizarrely for Manchester United fans - Rafael actually played the match from left-back.

The Brazilian never played in the left full-back position for the Red Devils - his twin brother, Fabio, did on occasions - but Lyon manager Hubert Fournier clearly believes the 25-year-old is capable of playing on the left flank as well as the right.

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Video: Rafael's first goal for Lyon

United fans saddened by Rafael exit

Many United fans were saddened to see Rafael leave Old Trafford in the summer; supporters felt he still had something to offer, despite the arrival of Matteo Darmian from Torino.

However, the South American failed to win the trust of Louis van Gaal, who preferred to use Antonio Valencia at right-back last season.

Rafael was prone to the odd lapse in concentration, but his passion for Manchester United was never in doubt - hence why he became something of a fan favourite.

Man United fans react on Twitter

And judging by the reaction to his goal on Twitter this evening, it seems the Old Trafford faithful still have a soft spot for the hot-headed but loveable full-back.

Manchester United fans: should Louis van Gaal have kept Rafael at Old Trafford? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!

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