Date: 26th November 2012 at 9:55am
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Rafael on target for Brazil in 2012

Isn’t it when a manager leaves a club and every single one of his players who had failed to register a win all season finally start giving 100%.

With Mark Hughes leaving on Friday morning, it was obvious the squad would be up for the game at Trafford on the Saturday – knowing their new manager would be in the stands watching; wanting to be impressed.

Those predicting a four or five nil drubbing couldn’t have been more wrong when United found themselves 1-0 with 25 minutes to go.

For the first hour of the game, United had the majority of the possession and created more chances – however, looked deadly on the counter attack and deserved their lead.

With going ahead early in the second half, it forced Ferguson’s hand and he brought on and Anderson who completely changed the game.

Despite Scholes rarely losing the ball, Anderson injected energy, urgency and pace into the middle of the park.

The boy from Brazil was searching for the ball and wanted to make things happen – a good shout for man of the match, only to be edged out by another Brazilian.

Our right back, Rafael, is finally becoming the player we all expected he would be.

The once fragile full back was a constant danger going forward and at times plays as far up as a winger, yet still managed his defensive duties well.

Quick and creative going forward as always; but now with a balanced aggression and more intelligent view towards his opponent, Rafael is fast making this position his own.

A goal line clearance in the final minutes rounded of a brilliant display from our number 2.

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