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23/02/2013 18:00, Report by G Thompson
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Rafael: My best goal

Rafael says he has never scored a better goal than the one that set United on the way to victory at QPR on Saturday.

The Brazilian latched onto a loose clearance from the home side 20 yards out and unleashed an unstoppable drive past QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar into the top corner on 23 minutes.

It was the defender's third goal of the season, the second of which was a stupendous curling winner at Anfield in September. But Rafael, who made a vital contribution at the other end when he cleared Christopher Samba's first-half header off the line, insists his strike at Loftus Road tops the lot.

"I can't remember scoring a better goal," he told MUTV. "The one at Liverpool was different because it was a curling shot, but I can't remember a better one than this. I think it's my best.

"I just saw the ball coming towards me and hit it as hard as I could. You can feel by the way you hit the ball that it's going in. I just hoped it wouldn't deflect off anyone. It was a good goal."

The 2-0 win took United 15 points clear of nearest rivals Manchester City, who host Chelsea at the Etihad on Sunday lunchtime.

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Brazilian belter

"I can't remember scoring a better goal. The one at Liverpool was different because it was a curling shot, but I can't remember a better one than this. I think it's my best."

- Rafael

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