"Playing here is what we've wanted our whole lives. Anyone in our position would wake up as happy as we do every day."

– Rafael

22/09/2009 10:50
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Q&A: Rafael and Fabio

After bursting onto the first-team scene last season, the 19-year-old da Silva twins are ready to challenge for United's full-back spots for the forseeable future...

Can you believe how far you’ve come in the last 12 months?
Rafael: It’s been fantastic to be involved with the first team and I think we both developed our games a lot last season. Our first six months at the club were very difficult because we weren’t able to play any matches [United had to wait for international clearance on the pair’s transfer from Brazil]...
Fabio: But when pre-season started last year we began to get the feeling that we might be involved with the first team which was very exciting. I didn’t have as good a season as I would have liked because of my [shoulder] injury, but this season has gone well so far and I feel like I’m developing very quickly.
Rafael, you played 28 games last season and picked up league and Club World Cup winners’ medals. That must have been a big thrill…
Rafael: It was fantastic. We were very close to winning the Champions League, of course, as well, and even though I missed the Carling Cup final through injury, I still feel like a champion because I played in every other game in the competition. I hope I can play my part in helping the team win even more trophies this season.

Fabio, having seen your brother do so well, did you feel any extra pressure when you made your first team debut in January?
Fabio: I didn’t feel extra pressure, but I knew I had to perform to my best. I was really happy that my brother had done so well and played some great football, and I wanted to be able to do the same. Seeing him do so well spurred me on and I was just pleased to eventually get my chance because being injured had been so frustrating.

Ironically, Rafael, you’ve had the same injury this season…
Rafael: [Smiles and shakes his head] Yes, as Fabio says it’s hard when you can’t play [because of injury]. He’s actually been playing at right-back so it looks like we’ll be competing for the same position when I’m fit again! [both laugh]
Fabio: Obviously we both want to play and it’s a little strange to be competing for the same position, but it also gives us a lot of pleasure to be challenging for a place in the

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