in early 2011.
Having bagged his first goals for the Reds in wins over Wigan and Arsenal, the young Brazilian became a regular at right-back and went on to start United's Champions League final defeat against Barcelona.
A combination of injury and the emergence of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling as viable right-back options restricted the amount of appearances Fabio made in the 2011/12 campaign, after which Sir Alex quickly tied up a deal for the Brazilian to spend the 2012/13 season at Queens Park Rangers.
Despite Fabio's absence, the United manager is convinced the defender has
the wherewithal to succeed at Old Trafford, admitting: "I think a year out at a good level playing every week will make Fabio a real top player for us.”