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.