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13/12/2012 09:24, Report by B Hibbs & N Coppack

Rafael: Maturity is key

Reds right-back Rafael is arguably United’s most consistent performer this season and, although even he admits his surprise at the number of games he has played this season, the Brazilian believes his form is down to hard work and maturity.

Rafael has played more games – 21 in all competitions – than any other player in United’s squad this season, yet it is the quality of his performances as well as the quantity of appearances that has shone through.

“I start every season hoping to make an impression and play a lot of games, but I couldn’t have imagined how well this season has gone for me,” Rafael says in an exclusive interview with this month’s Inside United.

"It’s been great, and yes, I’ve been a little surprised to have played so many games. But I’m not a young player any more. I feel like I’ve developed and I want to play in every single game.”

United’s no.2 made his Reds debut back in August 2008 and, now 22 with over 100 club appearances under his belt, he feels he has come a long way as a player and a person.

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Rafael on the up

“I start every season hoping to make an impression and play a lot of games. I couldn’t have imagined how well this season has gone for me.”

- Rafael, Inside United

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