Brazilian defender Rafael Da Silva is expected to be a first-team regular under new manager David Moyes as the new era at Manchester United begins. The defender has said that pre-season is an exciting time at the club and he is looking forward to it.

This time around, preparations will be intense in order to keep hold of the title that United won last season. Moyes is also under pressure to win his first major trophy. Getting the first trophy quickly will help Moyes settle at Old Trafford amidst a sea of comparisons with former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Rafael was one of the important players for the club last season, and his presence is set to get even more natural. The club will be playing pre-season friendly matches in a number of countries. They will be having matches in Thailand, Sweden, Japan, and Australia before the new season kicks off with the community shield. Rafael has said that pre-season tours are extremely important for the benefit of the team because it would help determine their whole season. Developing fitness during this stage of the campaign is the key motto, and those who fail to do it will struggle for the rest of the campaign.

Rafael did not take part in the Confederations cup.

“Pre-season is always good, it’s enjoyable. I like this stage of the year a lot. Of course, there is a lot of running. But it’s good as well because when you come back from holiday, sometimes you can get tired from doing nothing. I feel good when I’m working. The pre-season tours are a big part of preparation work for the new season. If you play well, you can put a thought in the manager’s mind and maybe change his mind if you perhaps weren’t in his plans for the first few games,” said Rafael.

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