Brazilian defender Fabio da Silva became a Cardiff City player following his transfer from Manchester United at the start of 2014. The Welsh club secured his transfer from Manchester United during the midway stage of the 2014/15 season. Fabio da Silva had spent the 2013/14 season on loan at Queens Park Rangers (QPR) in West London as a Manchester United loanee before he returned to the Theatre of Dreams in the summer of 2014.


Fabio da Silva made three appearances for the Red Devils when he returned to the club before he signed for Cardiff City during the season. His final appearance for Manchester United came during the disappointing FA Cup third round clash with Welsh team Swansea City which ended in an home defeat for the Red Devils. Fabio da Silva came on as a second half substitute for the injured Rio Ferdinand with the scored at 1-1 during the Swansea City game and he went on to get himself sent off for a reckless challenge on Jose Canas. Manchester United eventually lost the game thanks to a last-gasp strike from the visitors. The Red Devils lost 2-1 to the Swans as they were eliminated at the FA Cup third round stage for only the second time in 28 years.

Manchester United manager David Moyes sanctioned the sale of Fabio to Cardiff City where he linked up with Red Devils legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He made his Cardiff City debut during the league win over Norwich City. The Brazilian went on tobecome a regular in the Cardiff City starting XI though the season ended in a disappointing fashion after they suffered relegation to the English Championship.

Fabio remained a Cardiff Cityregular but the club struggled in the Championship under Solskjaer and that led to his dismissal. Cardiff City appointed Russell Slade as the replacement for Solskjaer. Fabio da Silva was in-and-out of the starting team under Slade thanks in part to the signing of fellow left-back Scott Malone though it must be pointed out that the defender can also play as a right-back.

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