Former Manchester United defender Rafael da Silva has revealed how the former boss Sir Alex Ferguson would often confuse him and his twin brother Fabio da Silva.
Sir Alex Ferguson signed both players from Fluminense in 2008 and would help them get acquainted with European football. Rafael da Silva will make 169 appearances for Manchester United while his twin brother would manage only 56 for the Red Devils.
Rafael da Silva said that he is grateful to Sir Alex Ferguson to have given him a chance for playing in a club such as Manchester United and that he is who he is now because of him.
However, he has conceded that manager had troubled in differentiating between him and his brother and this has given rise to some funny incidents.
He said that this happens many times on the training pitch and Sir Alex Ferguson would give him the wrong instructions thinking that he was his brother.
Rafael da Silva said that he would just stare at him and Sir Alex Ferguson would know that he has made a mistake and will immediately give him different instructions.
Rafael da Silva said that the Manchester United manager was the best one he had ever worked with and that he had learned a lot by playing under him. He said that Sir Alex Ferguson is not a good manager when it comes to the tactical and technical aspect of the game but also a good men manager. He knows how to talk to his players and help build their confidence.
Rafael da Silva currently players for Lyon in the French league and said that he is happy playing there. He said that they have a good team and that the players are enjoying themselves on the pitch every week.
Former Manchester United defender Rafael da Silva who knows play for Olympique Lyonnais said that he is ready for the new season.
He said that he has enjoyed a good pre-season with the French side and that he is ready to help the team win trophies. Rafael da Silva said that he had started his training earlier as he wants to be fit for the start of the league.
He said that the Ligue 1 is becoming more and more challenging with the arrival of big players and that this is a good thing as it is boosting the attractiveness of the league. He said that he is happy for Neymar to be playing in France as this means that the French League is becoming attractive.
Rafael da Silva said that he is looking forward to the match against Paris Saint Germain as he will want to play against his fellow countryman.
Rafael da Silva said that Olympique Lyonnais has some great players and that they can compete in the league. He admitted that teams such as Paris Saint Germain and Monaco might be ahead of them regarding player quality, but he feels that they are not that far behind.
The former Manchester United player said that football is played 11 against 11 and it does not matter how big your squad is. He said that each player would have to fight on the pitch if they want to challenge in the league and he feels that the players are ready for it.
Rafael da Silva said that he wants to have a good campaign this season as he had some tough moments with injuries last season. He said that there is a good team spirit within the team and that the players are determined to have a go at the different competitions they are in.
The Lyon right-back, Rafael Da Silva played the worst April Fools prank ever.
Rafael could be well advised never to try going into comedy and to stick to his day job for as long as possible after his 2017 April Fools prank went wrong on social media.
The Brazilian, should clear off the word ‘comedian’ from the potentials in his resume in his future careers wherever he finds himself after hanging up his boots, especially after nobody bought his joke that he was retiring at the tender age of 26 in April.
The ex-Manchester United defender topped off his chaotic efforts by coming up with the joke at 6:21pm on the evening of April 1 – towards the end of the day when everyone was already aware and ready for pranks.
The unfriendly reactions from people confused the 26-year old whether to delete the post or to leave it.
That commendable stance has not diluted the many critics’ stinging responses, as Twitter users piled in to go against “the regrettable April Fool’s joke ever”.
A lot of fans noted that it would have played out better if only the prank had come earlier than it did, as they might have taken the France league 1 player more serious.
The right-back moved to France league 1, his current club Lyon from the UEFA Europa League champions, Manchester United for a reported transfer fee of £2.5million in the summer of 2015, having first arrived from Brazilian side Fluminense as a 17-year old in 2008.
He has recorded more than 200 senior club appearances in his career thus far, and has won his only two caps for his country, Brazil back in the year 2012.
Rafael might hope that his productivity on the pitch remains better than that of his “jokes”.
For those unaware, April Fool’s is a day when people and even newspapers along with companies bring out false information or joke about anything.
The former Manchester United player Rafael da Silva has recently attempted to have his share of laughs by making up completely false claims of him retiring at the young age of 26.
Rafael da Silva is mostly known for his time spent in Manchester United where he managed to lift various pieces of silverware including: The Premier League and the Football League Cup just to name a few.
The Brazilian is currently performing for Lyon and he decided to have some fun using one of his social media accounts, this time with twitter as Rafael da Silva said: ‘’I’m coming here today to say I will retired from football, was a very good nearly 10 year as a professional player but its a good time’’
He was quickly responded by people saying: ‘’Quite possibly the worst April Fool’s Joke ever’’ and things of this nature as Rafael da Silva released that statement on April 1st of 2017 but at 6:30pm and at that point in time, jokes lose their point or magic.
Another reason of why this was a evident joke is due to the fact that Rafael da Silva is only 26 years old and this is an age that is generally considered to be the peak or almost the peak of a football player while the retirement age is when a performer reaches the 30+ mark and from the looks of it, the Brazilian player of Lyon still has a lot more to give before eventually deciding to step away from his role as a player in the world of football.
Rafael da Silva spent 7 seasons performing with Manchester United where he managed to lift some of the biggest European titles including:
The Premier League, FA Community Shield and the FIFA Club World Cup, just to name a few of them.
The Brazilian defender was an off and on performer in Old Trafford as he enjoyed being a consistent player during a few seasons but others, he had to be dropped to the sidelines either due to injuries or simply because Rafael was not selected and other players took his spot.
On August of 2015, Rafael da Silva joined Lyon as he penned a 4 year long deal with the French club and so far he has become a hugely important figure which is evident by the fact that the 26 year old defender is playing in just about every single match and is helping Lyon in their task of winning the French Ligue 1 which they have not accomplished since the season of 2007-08.
Even though Rafael is an influential player with Lyon, he still remains up to date and appears to have a very close relationship with his former club Manchester United as the Brazilian defender recently uploaded a picture to twitter where he was formally dressed and the caption on the photo said: ‘’Time to go Back to old Trafford to watch Manchester United x Middlesbrough.’’
Rafael made a return to Old Trafford but instead of an actual player, the Brazilian defender went on as a spectator to watch Manchester United face off with Middlesbrough in a match that concluded with the team of Jose Mourinho claiming a 2-1 triumph.
This might be an indication of what could happen in the future of Rafael da Silva as there is a chance of him making a return to Manchester United maybe as a player or maybe as a staff member as the Brazilian defender clearly remains being a supporter of his former club and would like to help them any way that he can.
Premier League side Middlesbrough would have one of their players in reflective mood when they play Southampton.
Brazilian Fabio da Silva had friends that suffered the plane crash in Columbia. The plane was carrying the Chapecoense team that was on its way to the Copa Sudameriana final after a fairy tale season.
“I played with them both in Brazil when we were young. One of my friends was the centre backs Marcelo and the other was the full back Alan Ruschel, who was one of those who survived.
“He was on TV this week talking about it. To see and hear him was so emotional. It’s hard to talk about it. I played with those two guys when we were 13 or 14 at Fluminense,” a visibly shaken Fabio said.
The former Manchester City and Cardiff City player is set to play, even with his mood, for Brough as they face the Saints. He is to appear for injured George Friend.
“At first, I just heard there were problems with the Chapecoense flight. At first you did not think it was that big a deal because there was no mention of anything serious. But then later picked up my phone and there were so many messages. That’s when I realised the terrible news. I just started crying.
“A lot of these guys who died were just like me. You see yourself in them. It could happen to any one of us really,” the player added.
Fabio said the recent success of the club meant the players were set for better contracts but they died in their prime, making it worse for the victims’ families.
His brother, Rafael is set to join him during Christmas, along with their family. The brothers are so identical it is difficult to place them. Fabio chuckled at the thought of letting his brother train in his stead.
Manchester United player Ander Herrera said he really loves the club where he plays and admitted that he loved the city’s derbies as well.
Herrera has enjoyed mixed fortunes at Old Trafford. Under the former manager – Louis van Gaal – he went several games without playing, but he has been a stable option under current manager, Jose Mourinho. Fans of the club are gradually growing fond of the player.
Herrera was impressive at the Manchester derby at the EFL. He has disclosed that he loves the club as much as the fans.
“I really love this club and I have enjoyed my time here,” he said to the club’s official website. The Spaniard has grown to like the club and this does not come as a surprise despite not being English or from Manchester. He understands what the club stands for and that has drawn him in.
Another Spaniard that has grown so attached to the club is Juan Mata. Despite not being English players, they have quickly become fans’ favourites as other non-English players like Rafael Da Silva and Patrice Evra.
Man United wanted to sign the player under coach David Moyes, but cases of fake agents and other issues made them forfeit the deal. The next year, Van Gaal signed the player from Athletic Bilbao. Fans have grown to like the player and they appreciate his impact in games. The 27-year old has a large fan base and his showing in this term almost made him win the Player of The Month in October despite the club’s overall poor performance.
“I don’t want to be just one more player. I want to show that I am very happy here and I want to be here for as long as possible,” Herrera said.
In what was surely a convincing win against Dinamo Zagreb, Lyon ensured that they began their UCL campaign in style.
The Les Gones ensured a comfortable starting point by winning their first UCL game against Modri by 3 goals to 0. With this win, a little pressure has been eased off the backs of the Lyon’s boss, Bruno Genesio.
The goals began coming in during the first half period of the game when Corentin Tolisso’s first goal was later followed by goal strikes from Jordan Ferri and Gnarly Cornet. This win ensured that Les Gones finally ended its two-game losing streak which was fast raising questions about the future of the Lyon’s boss.
The game started in earnest and it was not until 12 minutes well into the match that Tolisso came in high to head a delivery from Rafael Da Silva in off the crossbar. This went down well with the home team as spirits were raised and the atmosphere became charged.
It didn’t take long again for Maxime Gonalons to head over a neatly placed and very dangerous corner from Da Silva. Gonalons was later forced to leave the pitch few minutes later after getting an injury that looked pretty serious.
Soon enough, the first of the goals was made by Cornet after half time as he played onto Ferri who dinked over an onrushing Dinamo Zagreb’s goalie, Adrian Semper. Accepting a return pass from Tolisso, Cornet ensured a wise use of the ball as he cleverly finished the pass with the outer part of his boot thereby bringing the number of goals up to three.
So far this season, Bruno Genesio’s men have had their own share of setbacks as quite a number of injuries have befallen members of the team with Alexandre Lacazette and Mathieu Valbuena currently lying low.
Manchester United returnee Paul Pogba has discussed the rationale behind the new hairstyle he is rocking at Old Trafford since rejoining the Premier League giant.
He double sported a Red Devil logo carved into his hair after dying it. He rocked it during his unveiling after the lengthy transfer saga that trailed his world record move ended. He is set to get his first appearance for Man United since leaving four years ago this weekend when they play their second game in the PL against Southampton. He missed the season’s debut against Bournemouth as he had a game suspension record.
“New Hair, new jersey, new season,” the Frenchman wrote on his personal social media handle adding a short video that showed his cropped bleach hair. His hair has a lightning bolt drawn on one side and a red wing on the other.
Pogba left as he couldn’t get enough playtime with Rafeal da Silva – now at Olympique Lyon – preferred ahead of him in the middle. He played the games against Stoke City, West Brom, Wolves and a Europa league feature against Athletic Bilbao. Pogba and his agent pushed for more playing time and more wages but Sir Alex Ferguson –who was manager then – didn’t think in that light. Eventually, he left the club and joined Serie A champions Juventus.
Rafael da Silva started his professional career at Old Trafford after moving with his brother from Brazil. He was the club until his departure in 2015 to France. The 26-year old Right Back has enjoyed a decent time in France and even featured in the first game of the Ligue 1, with his brother – Fabio – returning to play in the Premier League for Middlesbrough. Pogba established himself in four years at Juventus, winning the Serie A title every year.
Rafael Da Silva is slated to remain with France in the new season.
There had been rumors that he might be moved to West Ham. He is considered a star player from Man United and serves as an asset to any club he is with. Hence, it should not come as a surprise that this full back player is being asked to stay back in Lyon. He would be returning to Premier League in the coming months as the rumors pointed out, but his agent has revealed that he would be staying on in France to play the next season.
The reports came in after West Ham had expressed interest in this international full back player from Brazil. Being from Man United he has been eyed by many clubs. West Ham has struggled in the last season and they definitely need a full back player. This outfit based in East London is looking at strengthening their right back positions. This has become a priority with the club. Rafael on the other hand, being 24 years of age, had joined Lyon for a sum of £2.5 million. The deal had taken place last summer and he had spent about seven years playing at Old Trafford.
He is definitely a player who has brought advantage for his Man United team whenever he had played for them. When he moved to Lyon he has performed similarly in a span of a year. Having scored once and provided two assists for goals, the total number of appearances last season has been 27. The contract that he formed in Lyon is valid for three years. It is said that he understands the rivalry that exists between Man United and Liverpool very well. This knowledge he gained during his seven year tenure with the team.