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15/02/2013 18:30, Report by Nick Coppack
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Rafael showing maturity

Cristiano Ronaldo, so impressive in the first half, failed to reach those same heights as Rafael proved why Sir Alex believes he can be the Reds’ right-back for the next 10 years.

"Obviously Rafa had a trying first half but he coped well in the second half. He calmed down.

"He's a very impetuous boy. He's enthusiastic and wants to win every ball and, of course, he committed himself far too early on a lot of occasions.

"In the second half, he was back to the form he has shown all season and he did really well. For a young boy to recover like that says a lot for him so that was pleasing to get that second-half performance out of him."

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Game of two halves

"Rafa had a trying first half but he coped well in the second half. He calmed down. In the second half, he was back to the form he has shown all season."

– Sir Alex Ferguson

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