Former Manchester United star Dennis Irwin has said that the Brazilian full-back Rafael Da Silva is likely to pay the penalty for having lacklustre performance against Everton during the weekend by not being selected for the match against Manchester City on Monday night.
Rafael Da Silva made a number of crucial mistakes in the 4-4 draw with Everton during the weekend, which allowed City to move within a point of Manchester United at the top of the table. City now have the chance to go ahead of Manchester United if they win against United at the Etihad stadium, where they have an imperious record.
United appeared to be in a very comfortable position only a few weeks ago after extending the lead at the top of the table to 8 points. However, after suffering a defeat at the hands of Wigan, they allowed Manchester City with a sniff of the title. The 4-4 draw with Everton during the weekend, the match in which United lost a two-goal advantage twice, meant that City are now only three points behind United. Due to his poor performance against Everton, Denis Irwin expects Rafael Da Silva to pay the penalty with this place in the starting line-up.
“Listen, as a defender, you make mistakes. Particularly when you’re young, you do make mistakes and it’s how you learn from the back of that. You actually only learn when you make mistakes at that age and he’ll be the better for that. Hopefully he’ll learn fairly quickly because his partnership with (Antonio) Valencia down the right this season has been really, really good. He’ll (Rafael) learn of this, there’s no doubt about that,” Irwin said in a recent interview given to when the former United star was in Singapore in order to participate in the function.