13/12/2012 09:24, Report by B Hibbs & N Coppack
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Rafael: Maturity is key

“I’ve waited a long time for this – getting to this point hasn’t happened overnight,” he says. “I’ve been at this club for five years and that’s a long time. At first, the goal was to just play one game for Manchester United. Then, when you achieve that, you set other targets. Now I want to play very game and become a regular in the team.”

So, what’s changed? “I’m getting old!” he jokes. “No, I think this is just a natural development; it’s bound to happen when you play more games and have more experiences. My daughter has also helped me – [being a father] has settled me down a lot. When you’re a dad you have to be mature.

"Also, I think splitting from Fabio – he’s out on loan at Queens Park Rangers this season – has been a good experience. At first I was sad, but I’ve come to see that it’s made me grow up a lot. I’ve had to change and be more responsible.”

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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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