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Rafael Da Silva | Defensemen

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/9/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 176

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Rafael has been passed fit for Manchester United's Week 16 match with bitter rivals Liverpool.
Rafael will be available for sure. Of that there is no question. Where there is a question is how likely Louis Van Gaal is to insert multiple recently injured players into a defense that has a) been winning and b) faces a Liverpool team that has been struggling to score. With a need to bring in a center back to replace the injured Chris Smalling, LVG may well wait to re-introduce Rafael into the line-up until later fearing that the combination of multiple rusty defenders might give Liverpool a foothold in the match that their form might not otherwise provide. This isn't a certainty but it is worth monitoring rather than assuming that Rafael will go right back into the line-up. Dec 12 - 4:29 PM
Source: ESPNFC.com


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Rafael Da Silva will miss Manchester United's Week 11 match-up with Crystal Palace after failing to recover from the knock that kept him out of the Manchester derby.

Antonio Valencia deputized nicely for Rafael last weekend but the frustration for fantasy managers is that United's defense is likely to be populated with midfielders (Valencia and Carrick) who won't get credit (or as much credit) for a clean sheet if United get one. Both players should be reasonable bargains in most formats but will struggle to produce value given their classification as non-defenders.
Source: bbc.com
Nov 7 - 12:19 PM

Rafael comes with a premium price-tag in the Yahoo fantasy game, but he could be worth the investment as Manchester United travel to West Brom.

Once upon a time Rafael was one of the most productive defenders in the Yahoo fantasy game, and there are signs that form may be returning under new manager Louis van Gaal. The right-back is picking up an array of fantasy points for attacking and defending, despite the lack of clean sheets for Manchester United, and he can build on recent performances with another solid score against West Brom.
Oct 17 - 7:27 AM

Rafael has performed solidly since returning to the Manchester United line-up and Week 6 was his best performance to date.

There was certainly optimism at the notion of Rafael playing a right-sided wing back role with slightly less defending responsibility when Louis Van Gaal arrived. The 3-5-2 appears to have been shelved thus far since LVG can hardly find two healthy center backs let alone three. Despite that, Rafael has been enjoying a solid run of performances. His numbers in Week 5 would have been better had he not been carded and conceded a penalty and in Week 6 he managed to avoid any bad behavior and contributed an assist and some OK phantom points to United's victory. He won't be a top tier wing defender until United can start putting some clean sheets together but performances like this one definitely make him a viable fantasy starter.
Source: Yahoo.com
Oct 1 - 2:33 PM

Interim manager Ryan Giggs won't have Rafael available for his first match in charge as the Brazilian right back continues to suffer from a hamstring complaint.

Manchester United's defense has quietly taken far longer to recover than initially thought and Rafael continues to linger on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. With United in need of a win to boost morale after the sacking of David Moyes, the Brazilian won't be able to contribute. This shouldn't be a major concern against lowly Norwich City but the overall trend of defensive injuries lingering should be of at least some concern should it continue.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Apr 25 - 4:56 PM

Rafael's hamstring injury has persisted with the right back to miss Manchester United's match with Champions League hopefuls Everton.

Manchester United's back line has been hard hit by injuries in recent months and Rafael's lingering hamstring injury has been no exception. Like teammate Jonny Evans, Rafael's return to the line-up has been expected for a number of weeks but it seems highly unlikely to actually happen this week. While reports have the Brazilian close to returning it would be foolish to put too much stock into a Week 36 return given the reported probability of return for the last couple weeks.
Apr 19 - 7:43 AM

Right-back Rafael joined Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic in training with the Manchester United first team.

Vidic we know won't play against Bayer Leverkusen but Rafael and Jones may play some part. Rafael's return, in particular, is important as he's the club's only specialist right-back with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones filling in in his absence.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 06:15:00 PM

Rafael Da Silva came off early on Saturday at Craven Cottage with an ankle injury and will miss United's mid-week trip to Spain as a result.

Manchester United flew to Spain for their Champions League match with Real Sociedad minus injured players Danny Welbeck, Jonny Evans, Michael Carrick, and Rafael. Carrick and Welbeck were both absent for the Fulham match but both Rafael and Evans were both taken off injured during the match. While neither player will feature for United in mid-week, it isn't clear whether they will be fit in time for Sunday's showdown with Arsenal at Old Trafford. Stay tuned for more news later in the week.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 04:28:00 PM

Rafael was one of three halftime changes that Manchester United was forced to make against Fulham. His ankle injury, with possible ligament damage is perhaps the most worrying for the club.

Rafael will miss United's Champions League tie against Real Sociedad and is an early doubt for next weekend's big match against Arsenal. Phil Jones or Chris Smalling would be in line to deputize for the Brazilian, depending on where they might be needed in central defence or midfield.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 10:03:00 AM

After approximately a month on the sidelines, Rafael Da Silva returned to the Manchester United starting line-up for the Capital One Cup match against Liverpool.

Rafael Da Silva, who came off of the Community Shield match with a hamstring injury in mid-August, has returned to the starting line-up for Manchester United today against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup. It remains to be seen how David Moyes lines up the United defense in the Premier League with Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, and Rafael all restored to health. The only sure thing at the back for this weekend would appear to be Patrice Evra on the left.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 03:28:00 PM

Rafael was withdrawn early in the first half of the Community Shield match on Sunday after suffering from a hamstring injury.

Early reports out of Old Trafford indicate that Rafael will be out until mid-September with the injury leaving the right back spot a question mark for the defending champions. Options to replace the Brazilian are Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, and newcomer Guillermo Varela. The smart money is on a back four of Smalling, Vidic, Evans and Evra with Phil Jones working with Michael Carrick at the base of midfield.
Mon, Aug 12, 2013 09:26:00 AM

Manchester United have agreed on a deal for Uruguayan U20 right back Guillermo Varela.

Manchester United already have a young right back in Rafael Da Silva who played well this season, a veteran deputy in Antonio Valencia and a young third choice/utility player that can play right back in Phil Jones. Given these circumstances, Varela is likely to be one for the future rather than a player that is going to figure in the first team this season.
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 05:32:00 PM