Date: 27th April 2009 at 10:56pm
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Rafael da Silva is enjoying an excellent debut season: due to the injuries of Hargreaves, Brown and Neville the young right-back was thrown into the deep end much earlier than anyone thought. Yet he did not drown, indeed, he became a key member of the squad.

He’s even got his first goal, against Arsenal and can already boast a memorable big-game performance: he totally pocketed Robinho at Eastlands and had energy to go up and support the attacks as well in our 1-0 win.

Therefore, it’s no surprise he’s been rewarded with a two-year contract extension. Originally thought to be the inferior of Fabio, he outshone his injury-prone brother.

“It’s been a fantastic first season and I have been learning from all the players at the club, especially from the defence,’ he told the official website.

‘It has been an exciting time for me and I want to be part of this club for a long time, so to get an extension to my contract is unbelievable.’

Sir Alex added that Rafael’s enthusiasm and adventure is typical of what we all expect of Manchester United players and he richly deserves his place in the team and the new contract.

Keep it up, Rafael!