Rafael wins his first personal Manchester United award

by Sam Peoples

Rafael has officially been named Manchester United’s Player of the Month for September – and rightly so.

The Brazilian has been very consistent this season and has really come on as a player already this year. His most memorable performance of the month will is undoubtedly the 2-1 win away at Liverpool in which he scored a stunning equaliser with his weaker foot.

Considering how badly Patrice Evra is playing, it is a testament to his maturity and attitude. He has constantly been a menacing outlet for us on the right wing but it isn’t just his attacking prowess that has earned him plaudits.

Taking part with Brazil in the 2012 London Olympics has helped him no end and with the international experience under his belt, he has been ever improving all round.

His defensive game has dramatically improved. He has attempted the most tackles (31) and completed over half of them (16) in 477 minutes of Premier League action. His closest counterpart is Gibbs who has attempted 30 and completed 20 in 566 minutes of football.

Alongside a significant improvement in his tackles which were wayward to say the least in years gone by, his temperament has dramatically improved.

He is far from the finished product yet but at the age of 22, he has plenty of time to grow. Sir Alex should give Gary Neville a call to see if he can come in and give him a few tips – who better to learn from?

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11 comments

kudzai 10/04/2012 - 10:19

He was outstanding and has improved largely. Keep it up boy.

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sakabo 10/04/2012 - 09:58

sir,alex,fergie,we,need,a,strong,midfielder,someone,like,nicolas,gaitan,or.sneiger,fellani,erikson

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Abraham 10/04/2012 - 09:39

Rafael deserves the award….good boy…keep it up……come on UNITED……..Let’s show them who we are……………!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Davlon 10/04/2012 - 09:31

Rafael deserves it, he has been consistent this season. Congrats rafael i hope SAF gives him more time to prove himself

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Jackobs timothy 10/04/2012 - 07:09

No doubt he deserves that. He’s been excellent so far and hope he can keep it up.

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Lauren 10/04/2012 - 07:00

Is a great player

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Phil Isaac 10/04/2012 - 04:18

Kudos to United staff for recognising him. He truly deserved it. Please, SAF, we need a holding and strong midfielder this January. And also sign Fellaini of Everton for us. Up Man United 4 life.

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Jamesmark 10/04/2012 - 00:04

Rafael is a great right back for man united. I wish sir will give him a lot of game time still

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alabi olawale 10/03/2012 - 19:22

Manchester united lack of defence wit creating of goal

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hammed abiola f 10/03/2012 - 18:29

deservedly so. he can only get better with proper center backs and functional winger. bravo rafael

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Kilogho Nicodemus Mwangui 10/04/2012 - 11:30

Bravo Rafael. He has done well so far, now that we are missing those crosses from Valencia and Ashley Young, Rafael has defended well and also overlapped to deliver crosses upfront. Well done Bro.

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