PICTURE: Rafael poses with deserved Man of the Match trophy

by Sam Peoples

Rafael earned himself a deserved Man of the Match trophy today after Manchester United comfortably beat Everton 2-0 at Old Trafford, and Rafael has uploaded a picture of him holding his trophy with his daughter.

rafael-manchester-united-man-of-the-match-evertonThe Brazilian was outstanding in every respect. Defensively, he was faultless (3/3 tackles, 4 interceptions, 2 recoveries, 10 blocks) and in the attacking sense, he was a constant thorn in Everton’s side (86 touches [second highest on pitch], 44/52 passes, 2 chances created, 1 assist).

Rafael is blossoming this season and Manchester United are reaping the rewards. The combination of playing with Brazil in the London 2012 Olympics and Fabio leaving Old Trafford on loan, as well as the birth of his daughter, has seen Rafael rapidly mature into a professional.

Last season, he was unpredictably rash but this season, he is reliably level headed. He has transformed himself into the right-back we all hoped he could be and Gary Neville’s praise for the Brazilian today is a testament to how far he has come.

With Real Madrid and Ronaldo on Wednesday, our full backs are going to have to be in inspiring form if we are to keep him out but if Rafael can put in another flawless performance at the Santiago Bernabeu, we might have a chance at keeping Ronaldo at bay.

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17 comments

zelalem 02/12/2013 - 10:00

well done,we want 2 c anderson against madrid

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Ted Perechalli 02/12/2013 - 08:37

Rafael will shackle Ronaldo … if not Rooney will … if not Van Persie will … if not … Ronaldo can be frozen out of the game, as he often is, whenever he plays for Portugal.

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Lawal Taofeeq 02/11/2013 - 13:11

Rafheal is d best put moore effort again

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inaro 02/11/2013 - 12:18

is been doin it last season n continue traferin it dis season

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Moses Onunze 02/11/2013 - 10:15

A boy does not always remain a boy as years go by, Elder Raph has grown and has become an extraordinary man, up it against CR7

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rolandosiagwu 02/11/2013 - 08:07

Rafael has been doin dis since last season,he deserve d man of d match.i pray he mk ronaldo

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Jimoh 02/11/2013 - 06:47

Bigup dasilva best right back in the league

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Johnbosco Obiora 02/11/2013 - 05:26

Well done Rafeal we want you to do it again against C Ronaldo. And we want to see Andason again in action

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Justin Alesi 02/11/2013 - 00:49

Well done, Raph – another class performance!

And I understood what the guys above said perfectly, Ben.
Get over yourself.

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Ben 02/10/2013 - 23:22

Well done, he deserves it.

On a side note, to the guys above – it is too hard to learn how to spell and use grammer properly?

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Zed 02/11/2013 - 04:06

Speaking of using spellings & GRAMMAR you’re way off as well.

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Macdonald 02/11/2013 - 10:10

He deserves the stick too.

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realist 02/11/2013 - 11:14

LOL

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mike 02/11/2013 - 07:33

You’re one to judge! “it is too hard to learn…” Or maybe you’re just empathising!!

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Carl 02/11/2013 - 11:46

Oh deAr another English teacher !!!!! Well before your derogatory comments to one of my fellow reds , try reading your own comments u fool !!! Is it not it is is the correct grammar !!!!

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Caleb 02/10/2013 - 22:40

Not only 2day game raph has been doing it b4,he mark ronaldinho out against ac milan lst time we meet,d same tin we happen against ronaldo coming wenesday,d guy has improved d season?

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Ashumu 02/10/2013 - 22:01

It’s real Raphael played very well in this march and that shows that he will play than this in Real madrid march but i berg Sir Alex to use Anderson and Kagawa in real madrid march

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