The Silva brothers i.e. Rafael da Silva and Fabio da Silva are fighting for the same place in the starting XI of Manchester United. Both of them have their eyes on the right back spot in the XI and with Rafael injured, Fabio has a great chance to impress the manager David Moyes and make that position his own at least for this season.
Rafael discovered a hamstring injury while featuring for United in their opening game of the season i.e. the Community Shield match against Wigan Athletic. He hasn’t yet recovered from that injury and has been on the sidelines since the last 5 weeks or so.
Phil Jones is injured too at the moment. So, Moyes decided to give Fabio a go in the game against Crystal Palace which was played on Saturday. This was the first time in the last one and half years that Fabio began a Premier League game.
Fabio didn’t disappoint his manager with his performance. He was energetic on the field and he looked in decent touch.
The Red Devils ended up winning that match by 2-0. The goal scorers for them were Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie.
At the end of that game, when Fabio was asked how it is like to compete with his own brother, he said, “It’s not a problem for either of us. This is not the first time that we are fighting for something. We have done that a lot of times since childhood.”
“I have got full confidence in my abilities. I know I can cement my place in the XI if I keep working hard.”
Fabio had signed for the Red Devils 6 years back in 2007 after leaving the Brazilian club Fluminense. He has featured for United in just 20 odd games so far and has managed to find the net once.