Manchester United manager waxes lyrical about ‘sensational Brazilian’ – will he become a first-team regular?

While Chelsea continue their hunt for Real Madrid forward Robinho, their main Premier League rivals also have a Brazilian who can play a bit. This player may not yet be a household name in England, although Sir Alex Ferguson seems confident that it’s a matter of time before this defender makes the Manchester United first-team.

Setanta report that Fergie was delighted with some of the youngsters he sent out to play against Peterborough on Monday night, especially a player that goes by the name of Rafael.

United signed Rafael and his brother Fabio earlier this summer, having agreed deals for the pair back in 2007, and they have long been tipped for greatness.

It had been suggested the pair would be given time to acclimatise, but the display of Rafael has given Ferguson food for thought.

“The young players were fantastic and young Rafael the right back was a sensation for me,” Ferguson told MUTV.

“I thought it was a real eye opener for us. He hadn’t played for a year but he’s played a full 90 minutes today. His brother Fabio has played 45 minutes and he’s also done well so we’re really pleased by their contribution.

“You know what football’s like. Sometimes it turns up some star, some little nugget maybe. On the evidence of tonight I think we have got a good player here.”

With a question mark over the future of Gary Neville, and with Wes Brown not a natural full-back, could Fergie be tempted to give the Brazilian a starting place this season? It’s clear that he’s not averse to giving youth its fling, having successfully integrated countless former youth players into the first team set-up.

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