Former Manchester United defender, Rafael da Silva could join English Premier League outfit this summer in one surprise move. West Ham United are reportedly keen to offer da Silva a swift return to the Premier League.
The Brazilian ended a seven-year association with Manchester United last summer when he switched to French club Lyon in a £2.5m move.
However, according to L’Equipe, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic has identified the 25-year-old as the ideal player to ease his problems at right-back, as they painfully eased out of making the Europa League next season despite a strong performance this season. West Ham ended in 7th position with 62 points after losing their last round of games in the Premier League to Stoke City in an away match.
Dunga feels what is happening in the off pitch life of his captain Neymar is annoying.
The coach reckons Neymar should understand that he is leading the senior Football team of his country and is looked up to by a lot of youngsters as well as kids.
And, that’s why he must be responsible and try and stay away from the controversies because his involvement in any sort of controversy sends a wrong signal to thousands of people around the country who follow him and support him.
Neymar’s name has been dragged into a finance related issue of late which is related to his transfer from Santos to Barcelona and it’s also said that an investigation is going on against him regarding that. The striker himself, however, has rubbished all the accusations directed towards him.
Rafael da Silva’s time in Old Trafford has reached it’s end as the Brazilian defender completed his move from Manchester United to Lyon on August of 2015.
The time that Rafael da Silva spent in England wasn’t the most impressive as he was plagued with a number of injuries which kept him out of the pitch for a significantly long period of time and even when Rafael da Silva was fit and ready to play, he struggled to get consistent playing time.
Rafael Da Silva believes that the exit of Sir Alex Ferguson did severe damage to him at Manchester United as he could not quite develop the same sort of relationship with the other managers coming in.
Silva had managed to establish himself as a starter for United towards the end of the tenure of Sir Alex, but, as the legendary manager made his way out and David Moyes and then, Louis Van Gaal took over, the Brazil International gradually went out of favour and eventually, he left the club earlier this summer to join the French top tier side Lyon.
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has criticised the stellar football being employed by Louis van Gaal since his arrival at the club.
The Dutchman was regarded as the tackle genius who would finally get United back on track in terms of winning titles. This, however, has not materialised yet. Compared with the days of Sir Alex Ferguson when United simply blew away the opposition, Louis Van Gaal’s team have been struggling to break down the opposition. Ferdinand reckons that it is largely because of not playing a high tempo football.
Brazilian full-back Rafael Da Silva got his first taste of European football straightaway with a club like Manchester United.
After moving to the European giants as a teenager, Rafael was expected to follow in the footsteps of club legend Gary Neville. Things, however, have not progressed in an ideal sense after the Brazilian has not been a first choice regular in the last couple of years. Even though his presence in the team has led to an overall improvement in terms of attacking football, manager Louis Van Gaal is thought to prefer defensive solidarity. This has been winger Antonio Valencia preferred in this position more often than not.
Rafael da Silva is not a player who has a big role for Manchester United at Old Trafford as the Brazilian defender has made 10 Premier League appearances in this season and this is just how his entire career at Manchester United has been since he made his first competitive debut back in August 17 of 2008 when he entered the pitch at the 79th minute during a match between Manchester United and Newcastle United which finished in a 1-1 draw.
This season might be the last one of Rafael da Silva as the player suffered 3 cracked ribs during Manchester United’s U-21 match against Leicester City and this injury will be leaving the player unable to enter the pitch for 6 weeks as well as the remaining matches of the season for his club.
Rafael da Silva made his 10th appearance of the season for Manchester United during their 3-0 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur on March 15 as the Brazilian player replaced Michael Carrick at the 87th minute and this allowed the 24 year old player on playing for 4 minutes which might not be a long period of time but taking into consideration that Rafael da Silva is a player who usually has to sit on the sidelines, this short appearance was a huge deal for the Brazilian defender.
It is even being rumored that Louis van Gaal is thinking about selling Rafael da Silva as the player has recently been suffering from injuries which kept him unable to perform in the playing grounds for a significantly long period of time.