15 tackles 10 interceptions in 3 games, Manchester United prospect sold too soon?

Former Manchester United prospect Fabio da Silva has been impressing for Cardiff City.

When Manchester United players see Swansea appearing at Old Trafford next, they may want to worry for their own future. Before Nani's woeful display against the Swans saw him sent out on loan for a season to Sporting Lisbon, another Red Devil suffered a similar fate.

Fabio da Silva was sent off in an FA Cup match between the two teams in January, which the away side won through a late Wilfried Bony goal.

David Moyes saw it as the Brazilian youngster's last chance at the club, and sold him to Swansea's Welsh rivals Cardiff City later the same month.

He made 13 Premier League appearances under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who decided his displays were enough to continue with him as his first choice left-back in the Championship this season.

And that decision appears to be paying off early, with Fabio superb in the Bluebirds opening three games of the season, in which Cardiff have amassed seven points from a possible nine.

In three games, Fabio has won 15 tackles and made 10 interceptions, putting in a man-of-the-match display in Cardiff's win over Wigan on Tuesday night.

In the victory he made more touches than any player on the pitch (84) and completed 90 per cent of his passes, with five tackles and four interceptions coming in the contest.

His career at United was frequently hampered by injury, and a failure to dislodge Patrice Evra at left-back. His best run in the side came in front of brother Rafael, when he was selected for the 2011 Champions League Final.

With Evra now gone, perhaps Fabio would have fancied his chances against Luke Shaw this coming season, particularly with a lack of cover for the injured Englishman.

That adventure has now passed him by though, and he appears intent of making a real success of it with Cardiff.

Whether, given his propensity for niggling injuries, he can hold up to a 46-game Championship season remains to be seen, but so far so good for the 24-year-old Brazilian.

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