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10/12/2013 10:07, Report by Adam Marshall

Rafael: Reds to bounce back

Rafael reckons it is vital for Manchester United to bounce back to winning ways in front of a home crowd against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night.

The Reds are striving to wrap up top spot in Group A of the Champions League by maintaining an unbeaten record in this term's competition after consecutive home defeats in the Barclays Premier League.

Despite Donetsk requiring victory, the right-back is determined that the Old Trafford faithful will have something to cheer in the European encounter.

"It's very important we get back to winning at Old Trafford," explained Rafael to MUTV. "It's our home and we have to play well here for our supporters. We should do this on Tuesday.

"Of course, everyone is disappointed with the results [against Everton and Newcastle] and the way we played. Now we must bounce back and try to get the wins again.

"It's important to win the group. We were a bit unlucky last season [to be drawn with Real Madrid] but it's always important to get first place. The Champions League is special. Ever since I came, I think it is special all the time for Brazilians."

Watch Rafael's interview with MUTV in full in Countdown to Kick-Off.

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