Fabio starts first Premier League game for Manchester United since November 2011

Fabio, Rooney, Valencia

Fabio Da Silva is in the starting line-up for Manchester United against Crystal Palace.

Manchester United have sprung a few surprises ahead of the early kick off against Crystal Palace this Saturday. Danny Welbeck and Ryan Giggs do not feature in the squad, there is a start for the now recovered head injury victim Wayne Rooney, and Maraoune Fellaini only makes the bench.

Then there is once again the glaring omission of Shinji Kagawa from the match-day squad - a decision that continues to bemuse Manchester United fans, especially with Adnan Januzaj on the bench. Although this time influenza is the culprit.

But one other surprise has to be the inclusion of Brazilian full back Fabio Da Silva.

In the absence of Phil Jones and older brother Rafael, Fabio has been given a place in the starting line-up for the game ahead of Antonio Valencia or Chris Smalling - both capable of filling in at right back.

And the move comes as a surprise to me, because I thought the 23-year-old was poor on loan at QPR last season.

The player has impressed for United in the past, and I have no doubt of his natural talent, but at Loftus Road I genuinely struggled to recognise him as the same player who earned two Brazil caps in 2011.

He looked sluggish, disinterested and to be honest fairly unfit during his 12 months in South West London - and I know that opinion won’t be shared by all, but for me his inclusion is a mystery.

He has not started a Premier League game for United since November 2011. In that game against Newcastle United he played the majority of the fixture, coming off on a yellow card in the 89th minute for Chris Smalling - and now, a little under two years later he is being given another go in the Premier League.

Luckily they are just playing Crystal Palace this afternoon - but Jason Puncheon and Dwight Gayle will certainly hope to utilise their pace to get the better of the young full-back.

If he can highlight his 2011 form today, then great - but I worry it could be a poor selection by Moyes.

We will soon find out…

How do you think Fabio da Silva will get on?

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