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Fabio and Rafael - The Da Silva brothers

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Much like with the Neville brothers, Sir Alex Ferguson decided to bring through twins Rafael and Fabio da Silva together at Old Trafford. 

Hunting the same success as the Neville's achieved at United, Red Devil fans must have felt a sense of deja vu when the two broke on the scene as they were both full-backs - the same positions as the Neville's.

The identical Brazilian twins arrived in Manchester in 2008 at just 18-years-old from Fluminese with the aim of being the long-term future for Sir Alex's side. 

Thus far, Rafael has enjoyed considerable more success than his brother, establishing himself as the club's current first-choice right-back, adding three league titles, three Community Shields and a League Cup trophy to his C.V along the way. 

Despite brother Fabio showing glimpses of promise, his progress during the 2010/11 season saw him make a surprise start for United in the Champions League final against Barcelona (in front of his twin Rafael), Fabio's recent progress has stagnated a little. 

This was proved as he was cast out on loan to QPR last campaign as he struggles to move Patrice Evra from the left-back berth. 

Both not afraid to get forward, the twins amusingly caused controversy in one game whereby Fabio once picked up a caution for a foul in which his brother committed. How's that for brotherly love?

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