CARDIFF MOVE

The Brazilian player Fabio da Silva never seemed to be stable at Manchester United despite playing over 4 years with the current champions of the Premier League. He only made 22 appearances in all of his time spent at Old Trafford.

Fabio da Silva had to settle with a place on the sidelines for the majority of time as he watched Manchester United sign new players each season and most of them advancing through the main squad of the club while da Silva stayed as a backup option more than anything else.

On 2012, United decided to send him out on a loan deal to QPR where he enjoyed making 21 appearances for the side that is currently on the Championship league after being relegated from the Premier League.

When making his returning to Manchester United, the Brazilian made 3 appearances for the club led by David Moyes and ultimately was offloaded to Cardiff City on a permanent deal.

The 23 years old defender spoke about what it felt like to join his new club, Cardiff City.

“I’m very excited to be part of this and I’m looking forward to helping Cardiff City. I know this is the right move for me.”  Fabio said.

Cardiff City also managed to secure Wilfried Zaha on a loan a deal until the end of the current season as he made his way from Manchester United to the relegation threatened side Cardiff City.

Solskjaer praised the arrival of Zaha as he said: “He has pace, power, technical ability and goes past people. He will give us that extra change of tempo in the final third, where we really need it,” the Norwegian continued. He will bring that little final bit to find pockets of space and produce a bit of magic.”

END OF THE ROAD?

Brazilian Fabio Da Silva looks very close to the end of his Manchester United career after his agent admitted that the player was looking at several options from abroad. His contract comes to an end in the next few months and there has been no talk about a new deal. He has rarely featured for the first-team during his time at the club. Fabio was brought to the club along with his brother Rafael Da Silva, who has gone on to become a first team regular. The pair were signed back in 2008. Fabio has made just three appearances this campaign, which demonstrates that he is not in the plans of David Moyes.

A couple of Italian clubs have been linked with a move and his agent has further fuelled rumours by admitting that Fabio could leave the club. It is very likely that Rafael will also follow him out of Old Trafford, as David Moyes looks to mould the team in his image. United are expected to undergo several changes in the summer after a poor spell in the first half. The club are seventh in the table and they face a fight to even finish in the top four. During the regime of Alex Ferguson, they never finished below third in the table.

“I do not know anything about these rumours. I think it is just media speculation. I can say that they will remain in Manchester until the end of the season, but in the summer it very likely that they can go,” said Fabio’s agent. It was only three years ago that he started in the Champions league final against Barcelona. However, the rise of Alexander Buttner coupled with the impressive form of Patrice Evra has limited his opportunities. Rafael has not had similar problems since the retirement of Gary Neville.

WORRIED ABOUT FORM

Manchester United defender Rafael Da Silva has said that the players are extremely worried about the poor form of the club this campaign. Manchester United had their first managerial change in 26 years after Sir Alex Ferguson decided to retire from management. David Moyes was appointed as his replacement and it seems that the players have not taken to his training methods. His tactics have also not produce the best results on the pitch because the United team after struggling to score goals for a regular basis. This combined with the defensive fragilities mean that the club find themselves in the ninth place with less than a few weeks to go before Christmas.

Manchester United lost back-to-back matches at Old Trafford after a long time, as both Everton and Newcastle were able to return with three points. Rafael Da Silva, who has become an important member in the right side of United’s midfield, says that the players are definitely not happy with the recent results. There was a lot of pressure on Moyes and it has only increased after these two matches. Prior to this run, United were looking half decent, but they are now in the same position as they were at the start of the season.

“Of course it hurts. As a United player I want to win every single game. We must work more and improve ourselves. We have been working in the same way. I think we have been unlucky some games, maybe that is why, since you lose one game you lose a bit of confidence. I think we will work the same way and you just have to have a bit of luck some games to try and win and get the confidence back,” said Rafael.

United face important matches against Hull City and West Ham during Christmas.

READY TO FIGHT

After spending the last season on loan at QPR, Brazilian defender Fabio Da Silva has returned to Manchester United. The 23-year-old will be battling for the first-team spot along with his brother Rafael Da Silva. Even though both these players came to Manchester United at the same time, Rafael has been able to establish himself much more than Fabio. His twin brother has said that he has no problems fighting with his own brother for a first-team spot. Unlike Rafael who has much less competition at right back, Fabio has to contend with the form of Patrice Evra.

Further, the club were also looking to sign Everton defender Leighton Baines, who is one of the best left backs in the world right now. Fabio made his first start for Manchester United since 2011 in the 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. The injuries to the likes of Rafael and Phil Jones has meant that new manager David Moyes decided to go with the 23-year-old for this encounter. Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney scored the goals for United in this victory, but Moyes will be disappointed that his team did not score more.

Fabio has also said that he is a much better player after the season long loan spell at QPR.

‘I have spoken about this with him in the past. Are we going to fight for this position? Why not? We have always fought over everything. PlayStation, anything, so this is no different. We are mature enough to deal with it. I learned a lot last season. Before it was very new when I played. Of course, it is a dream to play at Old Trafford. But I am calm about the situation. But I am still hopeful of playing here. I will try to the end to do that,’ said Fabio.

ZAHA WILL TRAVEL

The Manchester United boss, David Moyes, has made it clear that Wilfried Zaha will travel with the team on the pre-season tour of East Asia.

Manchester United had bought Zaha in January this year from Crystal Palace and then, had immediately loaned him back to Selhurst Park. The Ivory Coast winger has returned to United now and Moyes wants to have a good look at him before the start of the season.

Talking to the reporters yesterday, Moyes said, “Wilfried is going on the pre-season tour. He has joined the camp only a couple of days ago, but, I’ve decided to take him on the tour and see how good he is.”

“Manchester United is known for developing young players. I hope Wilfried will be another one of those players.”

Meanwhile, Moyes has again denied any chances of Wayne Rooney’s transfer this summer.

The Scot said, “I have made it clear before as well that we are not going to put Wayne on sale. I have chatted with him several times and I can assure you that he is fully committed to the club.”

“He is going fine in training.  He is getting his body into a very good shape and that’s a real positive. That’s what you want as a manager. You want your players to be completely prepared before the season kicks off.”

United is trying hard to bring Everton’s left-back Leighton Baines and Barcelona’s midfielder Thiago Alcantara at Old Trafford. When asked if any one of those two deals is close to be finalized, the Manchester United boss didn’t give any direct answer. He said, “We are trying our best to make the squad better. We are always interested in quality players.”

The Red Devils will start their Premier League campaign next season against Swansea City on 17th of August.

RVP HAILED

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Robin van Persie by saying that he once again proved his quality after managing to bring an end to his goal drought with a penalty against Stoke city. United were leading 1-0 in the match after a goal from Michael Carrick. They were on course to securing three points, but there was always the threat of a goal from Stoke. The penalty from Robin van Persie sealed the three points for United. Immediately after scoring, he went and celebrated with Ferguson by hugging him.

Robin van Persie had not scored for 10 games heading into this match. Ferguson said ahead of the match that he was confident that van Persie will find the back of the net sooner rather than later. He said that strikers go through spells in which they find it difficult to score goals no matter what they do. There are also spells when strikers find it difficult to stop scoring. Ferguson also praised the way van Persie took his penalty. Striker Wayne Rooney was utilised in the midfield against Stoke, and he has said that van Persie’s goal may prove to be the kick needed for the Dutchman to go on another scoring spree from now until the end of the season.

“You go through spells when you don’t score where you never think you’re ever going to get a goal and then when you are scoring you think you’re never going to miss. Today was an important goal. He did really good work from Wayne’s pass to get brought down for the penalty. The ball moved off the spot two or three times, the composure to settle himself down and the penalty kick was a perfect penalty. Low hard, straight into the corner, great penalty,” said Ferguson.

QPR RIVALS SACK MANAGER

The Premier league strugglers Reading recently sacked their manager Brian McDermott. The Royals suffered their fourth consecutive defeat in the league, which has left them four points adrift of safety. They are level on points with the bottom club QPR.

As a result, the club decided to change their manager in order to give them hope of getting out of the bottom three. There are only nine matches remaining for Reading in the Premier league season, and it is expected that the club will be making a swift appointment to replace McDermott. The Tottenham manager Villas-Boas, though, is of the opinion that the Premier league strugglers were wrong to sack their manager. Read more »

TWINS TALK

QPR’s on loan defender Fabio Da Silva has revealed that he spoke with this twin brother Rafael Da Silva about the possibility of leaving Manchester United in search of regular first-team football. Fabio Da Silva joined the Premier league strugglers QPR on a season-long loan deal in the summer. This was the first time that he had been separated from his twin brother Rafael Da Silva after managing to stay together since childhood. Fabio has revealed that they had come to the admission that they had to go on separate ways at some point in their career because they could not be together forever.

Rafael also acknowledged the fact that Fabio needed to play games regularly in order to improve as a player. Hence, he did not oppose the loan move to QPR. After initially struggling during the regime of Mark Hughes, Fabio has found his feet at Loftus Road. He has been experiencing some of the best football he has played in England till date. Fabio was a surprise inclusion in the 2011 Champions league squad, and he is finally showing signs of returning to the level once again. The Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had said that the presence of a player like Patrice Evra made it difficult for Fabio to break through.

“We spoke about this [splitting] when we were 12 years old. We would say: ‘One day we are going to split because we cannot be together for ever’. I knew it was going to happen. I just didn’t know when. Last year it happened, this was good. We discuss everything together. He knew I wanted to leave United to play more games. To play consistently. He agrees with me. He thinks it’s good for me to leave United to play more football. I enjoy it. I know it hasn’t been a good season for Queen’s Park Rangers but I try to improve and to help,” said Fabio.

FABIO IS AS GOOD

The QPR manager Harry Redknapp has revealed that he does not see a reason why the Manchester United defender Fabio Da Silva should go on and match the exploits of his brother Rafael Da Silva at the club. Fabio Da Silva is currently on loan at QPR till the end of the season. He has found regular first-team football at Loftus Road after being deprived of the same at Old Trafford. Harry Redknapp has consistently picked the player in recent matches, despite not initially favouring him for the matches against Wigan and Fulham.

Fabio made his first start for the club in the 1-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle. Even though he initially struggled to cope with the presence of Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba, the 22-year-old became accustomed to the play of Newcastle after a while. Redknapp has spoken about the importance of having a good attitude in this tough time of relegation trouble. He recently had to deal with the issues surrounding the Portuguese defender José Bosingwa, who refused to be named as a substitute. At the same time, the attitude and the performance of the 22-year-old defender Fabio has been excellent according to Redknapp. Rafael Da Silva is a regular at Manchester United, and Redknapp believes that Fabio will only be the same as his brother.

“He’s a good lad. He’s a nice lad as well. He’s enthusiastic and he has a good attitude. He’s been fine. I don’t know really. They’re both good players. Hopefully he can be. There is no reason he can’t be,” said Redknapp. “Ability wise, there’s very little between the two. But Rafael’s got more experience now because he’s played more games for us,” Ferguson said when asked about Fabio a few weeks ago. The player has so far made 13 appearances for the London club this season.

QPR LOSE AGAIN

Queens Park Rangers (QPR) has been defeated by West Bromwich Albion in a Premier League match played at the Hawthorns on Saturday. West Brom won the match by a close margin of 3-2. This was the third victory for West Brom in the ongoing Premier League. With this victory, the West Brom team has moved up to no. 6 in the points table. Steve Clarke’s team has played  7 matches in the tournament so far and out of those 7 matches, the team won 4, lost 1 and the rest two ended in a draw. West Brom currently has 14 points in 7 matches.

On the other hand, this was the fifth defeat for QPR in the ongoing Premier League. Mark Hughes’ team has not been able to register even a single win in the competition so far. Out of the 7 matches that the Rangers have played so far, they lost 5 and the remaining two finished in the form of a draw. The QPR team is currently at no. 20 in the points table with 2 points in 7 matches.

In the post match press conference, Mark Hughes said, “It was another disappointing day for us. The boys played well in the first half, but, in the second half, they were a bit defensive in their approach. They should have attacked a bit more.”

“When you lose too many matches, you tend to lack self belief and you start getting nervous during the vital moments of the game and that’s what happened with the boys today. In the last 10 minutes, we were not up to the mark at all.”

“There are still a lot of matches to be played in the competition. So, there is no reason why we can’t make a comeback.”

QPR will play its next match against Everton on 21st of October at the Loftus Road Stadium.