Recently, our friends over at Republik of Mancunia caught up with Manchester United’s right-back, Rafael da Silva. They asked him about the upcoming season, Fabio da Silva, Alex Ferguson’s decision about no more signings and the strength of the Premier League.
He believes that Fergie has an amazing group of players and he can handle them very well. When asked about the best chances of winning a trophy, he gave a very diplomatic answer; not claiming that they will win everything but also mentions that for a club the size of Manchester United, it’s natural to aim high every season.
Talking about his twin, he mentions how there have been more oppotunities at right back in club and their national team, Brazil.
Here are a couple of questions that RoM asked Rafael:
RoM: As a United player, how does it feel watching neighbours Manchester City spending millions and millions on new players?
R: Whatever happens at other clubs is not really any of our business. It is no surprise that City are again spending a lot of money. But there isn’t a single day that I don’t pinch myself to make sure I am not dreaming about playing for Manchester United. I came straight from the youth academy at Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro and now I am playing at Old Trafford. This is all I think of, it is my dream.
RoM: But do you believe City can be genuine challengers to United and Chelsea for the title or should they merely aim for a top four finish and Champions League qualification?
R: They certainly have a good squad, it is strong and they have quality players. I do not think anyone could argue with that. But things in football do not always follow in reality what happens on paper. There are at least six teams fighting for four places and we will respect all of our rivals this season.