Despite another injury-hit campaign, Fabio showed glimpses of his glaring potential during 2009/10.
Appearances/goals: Premier League 1 (4)/0; Carling Cup 2/0; FA Cup 1/0; Champions League 2/0; Total 6 (5)/0
Season soundbite: "He'll make a fine Manchester United player in the years to come."
- Sir Alex Ferguson
In a word: Prospect
Injuries hampered Fabio's maiden campaign as a United player, and also disrupted long portions of his 2009/10 season. Nevertheless, a new contract illustrates his status as a bright hope for the future...
Story of the season: Although Fabio's season began in a perfect fashion, completing 90 minutes as a much-changed back four kept a valuable clean sheet against Birmingham City, the Brazilian's second term at United was another stop-start affair, disrupted by a string of minor knocks and strains. Aside from making his Premier League bow against Alex McLeish's Brum, Fabio made four further appearances as second half substitutes against Fulham (home and away), Wigan and Hull, and impressed in his Champions League debut in Moscow. The explosive full-back enjoyed mixed fortunes in cup ties against Leeds, Barnsley and Wolves, receiving a straight red card in the latter, but his campaign ended on a high when he extended his United contract until at least June 2014, prolonging what he sees as: "every young player's dream."
Finest moment: A string of solid displays yielded few glaring highlights, but Fabio saw the funny side of being booked for a foul by his twin brother during the Reds' win at Barnsley. Referee Chris Foy later transferred the booking to Rafael, after United appealed.