About Rafael da Silva
- First Name:
- Rafael da Silva
- National Team:
- Date of Birth:
- Jul 9, 1990
- Played (start/sub):
- 129 (115/14)
- Goals (hattricks):
- 7 (0)
It wasn't until January 2008 that United finally landed the talented youngster, though he wasn't eligible to play until his 18th birthday later that year.
His first appearance in a United shirt came against Peterborough in a pre-season friendly in August. He produced an impressive display that convinced Sir Alex to register him for the senior squad for the upcoming season, handing him the #21 shirt.
His league debut came on the opening day of the 2008/2009 season. He came on as a substitute for the final 10 minutes against Newcastle United.
His first United goal was one to remember. With United trailing Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates, the ball bounced out to Rafael just inside the penalty area, he controlled the ball with his chest before smashing a left foot volley into the left hand corner of the net.
In 2012 he became Utd's first choice right back with a string of impressive displays.