Fabio: I wanted to celebrate Rafael’s goal but I couldn’t

by Tom Parker

Fabio has admitted that despite being a QPR player on loan from Manchester United this season, he found it hard to contain his excitement at his twin brother Rafael’s scorching goal.

The 30-yard howitzer from Rafael tore into the top corner with unstoppable force to put United 1-0 up at Loftus Road.

Fabio was of course ineligible for the top vs bottom clash due to Premier League rules but was in attendance at Loftus Road and sat next to QPR owner Tony Fernandes for the game.

The Brazilian admitted to being a little unsure over where his loyalties lie and has even revealed he nearly celebrated as the other half of the Da Silva twins scored a wonderful goal.

Fabio told Globoesporte: “I was pleased to see my brother score a goal like that. Naturally I wanted to celebrate. But I was sat next to the QPR president!

“I told him afterwards: ‘You never score goals like that! You had to do it against my team!” But I was happy for him.”

Rafael’s first half strike was certainly out of the top drawer with MUTV commentators Paddy Crerand and Stewart Gardner audibly surprised by the technique on show from the 22-year-old, who was in man-of-the-match form in his best season in a United shirt thus far.

The on-loan full-back also spoke about his move to QPR and how much he has matured in his short time in London away from Rafael.

“I’ve grown a lot this season. We’ve both matured. He’s flying [for Manchester United] and I’m playing more. The change has been good for us,” he said.

Rafael also spoke about being separated from his sibling saying it is hard but insisting that both are coping well with the change.

“Fabio moving to London was the first time we were really separated,” Rafael added. “We never spent a year apart. But we’re coping.

“At the time of the game, [you] forget it all, forget that on the opposite team is your sibling. We are professional and have to play to win. Because Manchester is fighting to be champions and we want to win every game.

“I’m happy that we won today and got a little closer to the title.”

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