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Rafael Da Silva | Defensemen

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/9/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 176

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Matteo Darmian has thanked Torino supporters as he bids goodbye to the Serie A club and says hello to the Premier League and Manchester United.
There is still a lot of work to be done this summer at Old Trafford but Matteo Darmian has added his name to that of Memphis Depay as confirmed transfers in at Manchester United. The Italian international should be an improvement over Antonio Valencia at right back on the pitch for United. The Italian's value as a fantasy player is unclear. He scored twice and assisted once in 33 appearances (28 starts and 5 from the bench) at Torino last season so we probably shouldn't expect a great deal of fantasy production at the attacking end from the Red Devils' new signing. Rafael will likely make way for Darmian with the Brazilian right back having been linked with a move to Turkey. Jul 10 - 1:44 PM

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Reports from AMK in Turkey are reporting that Turkish giants Galatasaray are targeting Rafael and Roberto Soldado this summer.

With Manchester United and Spurs both presumably happy to get rid of extra parts, there is definitely something here if Galatasaray are seriously interested. Rafael might still have some transfer value left but Spurs might be willing to transfer Soldado out for free just to free up the wages. Galatasaray have a history of targeting cast-offs from big clubs and leagues with Wesley Sneijder, Didier Drogba, Emmanuel Eboue, Felipe Melo, and Goren Pandev recent examples. Rafael and Soldado certainly seem to fit into that picture with Drogba gone last sumemr and Eboue joining him this summer.
Jun 16 - 12:07 PM

Rafael may have played his final game for Manchester United after X-rays revealed the full-back suffered cracked ribs during Mondays’ draw against Leicester City whilst playing for the development side.

Rafael clashed with Anthony Knockaert taking an accidental knee to the chest towards the end of the first half and subsequent tests show the full-back will miss around 6 weeks. Rafael has been nothing more than a bit part player this season following another injury ravaged campaign and the Brazilian now looks surplus to requirements at Old Trafford as Louis van Gaal has been promised another transfer war chest. Chris Smalling recently signed a new contract and with Phil Jones expected to follow suit Rafael's future is becoming increasingly uncertain along with Jonny Evans who may have to make way with Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund being touted as the next big money signing.
Source: Daily Mail
Apr 22 - 7:13 AM

Rafael will be available for the Week 21 showdown with Southampton despite suffering a fractured cheek bone on New Year's Day.

The rumor mill has indicated that Louis Van Gaal isn't thrilled with either of his right back choices - Rafael or Antonio Valencia - linking him with a move for Everton man Seamus Coleman. Until that happens, LVG will apparently have both less-than-ideal options to choose from as Rafael has overcome the facial injury suffered in the FA Cup win over Yeovil Town. It would be a big risk choosing either United right back unless you are in a format where you can make changes after line-ups are announced.
Jan 9 - 1:59 PM

Rafael confirmed late on Tuesday that he successfully underwent surgery after fracturing his cheekbone during the FA Cup win over Yeovil Town on Sunday with the full-back announcing that he would join the main group in training on Friday.

It’s unknown at this stage whether Rafael could feature during the next round of fixtures – United entertain Southampton – as his participation will rely on Rafael being able to wear a specifically designed facial mask to help protect the area. Louis van Gaal was also be boosted by the news that an MRI scan revealed no ankle ligament damage for Luke Shaw while Daley Blind has come through almost two weeks of full training unscathed. However the news regarding Ashley Young is not so good with further tests showing his hamstring strain could rule him out for between 4-6 weeks.
Jan 7 - 9:49 AM

Just when it seemed congestion in the Manchester United treatment room was beginning to ease the busy festive fixture schedule has taken its toll with another four players added to the injury list within the last seven days.

Recent returners Rafael and Luke Shaw are the latest casualties after the pair suffered from a fractured cheekbone and ankle injury respectively during their sides away win at Yeovil Town in the FA Cup. They join Ashley Young [hamstring] and Antonio Valencia [groin] with what looks to be fairly significant problems although further scans and assessment will be required. However there was better news as Angel di Maria made a goal scoring return slightly ahead of schedule while Anderson and Jesse Lingard both made the match-day 18 although they failed to get any minutes on the pitch.
Source: Daily Star
Jan 4 - 6:52 PM

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.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 04:29:00 PM

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.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 12:19:00 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.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 07:27:00 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.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 02:33:00 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.
Fri, Apr 25, 2014 04:56:00 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.
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 07:43:00 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