Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rafael: I'm Better off without My Brother

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rafael: I'm Better off without My Brother

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UNITED defender Rafael feels the departure of his twin brother Fabio to QPR at the start of the season has been key to his excellent form this term.

The Brazilian right-back has been one of United's most consistent performers this season and will look to help maintain his side's six- point lead at the top of the Premier League when they host Sunderland tomorrow.

The 22-year-old has also played more games - 21 in all competitions - than any other player in United's squad this season and thinks Fabio's loan move to QPR has helped him develop. Asked what was behind his form, Rafael (right) said: "I think this is just a natural development, it's bound to happen when you play more games and have more experiences.

"My daughter has also helped me, (being a father) has settled me down a lot. When you're a dad you have to be mature.

"Also, I think splitting from Fabio has been a good experience. …

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