The Brazilian midfielder had been out of action since suffering a horrendous challenge from Middlesbrough's Emanuel Pogatetz in September. After watching the 19-year-old make a successful return, Reserves manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted.
"It took maybe 10 minutes for Rodrigo to get into the pace of the game," Solskjaer told MUTV. "He’s had a bad tackle against him in the Carling Cup and it takes a bit of courage to come back after those tackles. Rodrigo played well, especially in the second half, but there's much more to come from him."
Ole was similarly full of praise for another Brazilian, full-back Rafael, who produced another bombarding performance against the Blues.
"He’s got such a great enthusiasm for the game," said Solskjaer. "He just wants to play and to win. He loves to dribble, cross the ball, score goals… and he smiles all the time, which is brilliant to see. He’ll settle down and be a very good player