"Now, I think I’m starting to get old and more mature... you can’t be young forever!" 

- Rafael

03/06/2013 09:15, Report by Adam Marshall
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Rafael's review

That’s very nice to hear coming from him. There are such good players at United, and the fact that he picked me as one of the four [van Persie, Carrick and De Gea were the others] is so good. I’m very happy.

Was it important Sir Alex got his message across after the disappointing end in 2012?

Exactly. After the game at Sunderland, when we were on the bus, he said to us: "See what happened today. Don't forget that." I'll make sure I'll always remember.

Which of your goals was your favourite, Liverpool or QPR?

My favourite one is QPR because they played so hard in closing everyone down and working together, so maybe it was harder to score a goal, but I managed to get one. I think it’s the best one I’ve ever scored.

Which was your best performance?

That’s also QPR, I think, I played very well. I did play some good games - I was very good against Everton at home.

Which team-mate gave the best individual performance?

I think Robin van Persie against Villa. Against Southampton he scored a hat-trick, too, but he missed a penalty in that game. It’s hard to pick out individuals, as we have had so many good games. Vida and Rio helped a lot, Carrick too – I have to say he was my player of the season, I voted for him.

Something we noticed was how, when you hit the woodwork against Villa, you didn’t dwell on it but won an important aerial duel straight afterwards to help get us on the attack again. That was impressive…

That’s the mentality, to focus. I was really, really concentrating in that game because we had the chance to be champions. Yes, sometimes I have shown my frustration here when I’ve missed some goals. Hopefully, this shows that I am getting better.

Which one thing helped us win the title the most?

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