Manchester United Transfer News: Red Devils Made Smart Moves with Da Silva Twins

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2012

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 18:  Fabio Da Silva (L) and Rafael Da Silva during the Barclays Premier League Match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at Molineux on March 18, 2012 in Wolverhampton, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Manchester United made drastically different decisions regarding the immediate future of Fabio and Rafael da Silva. And each move made a lot of sense.

From BBC Sport:

Manchester United's Fabio da Silva has joined QPR on a season-long loan deal, while twin brother Rafael has signed a new four-year contract at Old Trafford.

The 21-year-old Brazilians joined United from Fluminese in 2008.

Rafael, who has clocked up 89 appearances for the club, started 10 Premier League games last season.

Fabio, who can play at full-back or in midfield, has played 53 times for United, but has rarely been a first-choice starter.

Rafael looks to be quickly ascending to stardom at the right-back position and has grown into a solid performer for both the Red Devils and the Brazilian national team.

His pace, creativity and willingness—or perhaps eagerness—to join the attack make him a dangerous, modern right-back. He has an extraordinarily high ceiling.

Fabio doesn't have quite the same upside, and a chance to earn solid playing time at QPR is the perfect move. He has a bit more versatility positionally than his brother, and he should be able to find his niche with QPR if he is able to earn consistent time on the pitch.

Fabio possesses similar athleticism to his brother, but not the same flair. Still, his composure and consistency should serve him well for the future.

Assuming he can remain healthy, that is.

On both counts, the Red Devils made the right moves. Rafael has proven he is ready to be a serious contributor for United next season. And Fabio could simply use more time on the pitch. Both will be in their proper places next season.


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