Fans’ view – Will Rafael be a Manchester United player next year?

by Ben Topliss

Rafael quickly established himself as a fans’ favourite at Manchester United since his arrival in 2008. Full of energy and not afraid to take risks, the right-back was regularly seen bombing into the opposition’s final third and his passion for the club was clear for all to see.

That enthusiasm spilled over on occasion, with the Brazilian sent off during important clashes with Bayern Munich and Tottenham Hotspur in recent years.

Fans were hoping to see a big year from Rafael particularly as Louis van Gaal employed a wing-back system early on this season. It hasn’t quite worked out that way with a number of injuries stunting the 24-year-old’s progress.

With Rafael currently languishing in United’s U21s, we asked our Twitter followers for their thoughts on what the future holds for him:

Fans certainly agree that Rafael’s future at United is bleak. It appears that van Gaal, who has favoured a pragmatic approach this season, does not trust him at right-back.

It is a shame given Rafael’s popularity at Old Trafford but all signs are pointing to his summer exit.

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