Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly been told by Manchester United defender Rafael to take care of his brother Fabio.
Following David Moyes’ confirmation that Fabio da Silva had secured a move to Cardiff City, any hopes the fans had that they would see identical marauding full-backs playing for the club for the next decade were lost.
When the Brazilians first arrived at Old Trafford as teenagers, it was Fabio who was regarded as the more advanced – a free-scoring full-back who had captained Brazil’s under-17 team. But following the retirement of Gary Neville, Rafael was given the chance to impress while his brother made do in the shadow of Patrice Evra.
And now Moyes has confirmed on the club’s official website that Fabio has joined former United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in Wales.
He did not feature against his old club in their 2-0 victory over the Bluebirds on Tuesday evening, but Rafael reportedly took the chance to ask Solsjkaer to do something for him.
As reported by Sambafoot, the Norwegian boss said, “Rafael came up to me after the game and asked that I take care of his older brother, Fabio. Apparently Rafael was born a few minutes later.”
As close as the twins no doubt are, it is time for them to tread different paths – Rafael to try to become United’s right-back of choice under Moyes’s new regime, and Fabio to kick-start a stalled career.
There seems little doubt that Solskjaer will look after the older of the two full-backs. And given enough confidence, there is no reason why he cannot live up to the considerable promise he showed in his teenage years.