Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rafael: Goal Came at Perfect Time to Secure Vital Victory

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rafael: Goal Came at Perfect Time to Secure Vital Victory

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UNITED'S goal hero Rafael admitted his equaliser was a crucial factor in Sunday's win at Liverpool.

After five games without a victory at Anfield, United were again struggling, even against a side reduced to 10 men following the first-half dismissal of Jonjo Shelvey.

And when Steven Gerrard struck straight after the interval, it seemed United were heading for another loss. Instead, Rafael curled home a superb equaliser, before Robin van Persie secured all three points with a late penalty.

"It was an important time to get the goal," said Rafael.

"It was a good moment to get it because it was so quickly after they scored. If we hadn't scored then we might have got a little bit nervous."

Amazingly, Rafael has now scored twice this season after also finding the target against Fulham last month.

It leaves him second in United's scoring charts, trailing only van Persie, who heads the Golden Boot standings with five.

"It's definitely the best goal I've scored for United," he said of Sunday's excellent effort, a curling left-footed strike that bounced in off a post. …

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