Man Utd full-back Rafael pleased with progress

Manchester United fullback Rafael has admitted that a growing maturity has helped him cement a spot in United’s starting lineup, has reported.

Rafael, 22, joined the club from Fluminense in 2008 and has established himself as United’s prefered right back with 21 appearances so far this season, turning out for the Red Devils more than anyone else in the squad. With two goals and two assists also to his name this season, Rafael is excited at how well this season has gone for him.

“I start every season hoping to make an impression and play a lot of games, but I couldn’t have imagined how well this season has gone for me.”

He also admit that a new found maturity has aided his progression, adding, “I’m not a young player any more. I feel like I’ve developed and I want to play in every single game.”

Rafael came to Old Trafford with his twin brother, Fabio, who has now joined QPR on loan in an effort to give him more game time and experience. Rafael admits that seperation from his brother has helped him develop that maturity, saying: “I think splitting from Fabio has been a good experience. At first I was sad, but I’ve come to see that it’s made me grow up a lot. I’ve had to change and be more responsible.”

Rafael’s connection with right winger Antonio Valencia has been a highlight of United’s season so far, with the combination being compared to that of David Beckham and Gary Neville in their prime. But for now, Rafael is just focusing on playing more and more regularly for United.

“At first, the goal was just to play one game for Manchester United. Then, when you achieve that, you set other targets. Now I want to play every game and become a regular in the team”

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