The best piece of news Manchester United have had all month

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Rafael has returned to training for Manchester United ahead of their clash with Leverkusen.

Manchester United have had some tough news over the last few days with injury, in fact the month has been filled with it.

Nemanja Vidic and Robin van Persie will miss the game with Leverkusen tomorrow, as they did against Cardiff City at the weekend.

Phil Jones does travel, and crucially Brazilian full-back Rafael da Silva is back with the squad, participating in training on Tuesday morning in Manchester ahead of flying to Germany.

The news is superb for United, because of the player's ability to transform the look, pace, and shape of the team.

Rafael's pace, and ability to get up and down the right flank is something Chris Smalling, naturally a centre-back doesn't have in abundance, and he can be a major asset in the upcoming games.

Last season he was one of United's best players, enjoying his best campaign to date and answering questions about fulfilling his potential. He scored memorable goals away to QPR and Liverpool as he played his part in the Red Devils securing a record 20th title.

Smalling has not done a bad job by any means, a competent one but he is not spectacular, which Rafael has the ability to be.

Rafael has built up a solid understanding with winger Antonio Valencia, who is happy to drop back as the right-back bombs forward to join the attack.

There were surprising rumours David Moyes was not entirely convinced by the Brazilian prior to his injury, so a return to the first team will give the player a chance to show his boss what he is all about.

In a month full of injuries - with Michael Carrick another notable absentee, and a disappointing result at the weekend, the imminent return to action of Rafael da Silva may just be the best news they have heard all month.


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