Manchester United’s Rafael da Silva reacts to victory over West Ham United in Premier League

Manchester United defender Rafael da Silva is relieved with the 2-1 home win against West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday.

Manchester United returned to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday with victory over West Ham United, and one man who was relieved was Rafael da Silva.

The Brazil international right-back had a torrid time against Leicester City last weekend, when the Red Devils conceded four goals in the space of just 21 minutes to suffer a 5-3 defeat at the King Power Stadium.

Rafael was picked on by many football pundits for his performance against the Foxes (click here to read more), but at Old Trafford on Saturday he was on fire.

The 24-year-old was one of the outstanding players on the pitch and was voted as the man of the match by the United fans following the 2-1 win.


The United defender was relieved to have helped his side pick up maximum points against the Hammers and admitted that he can now finally sleep.


Rafael really stepped up his game against West Ham on Saturday, and he needs to maintain that level from now on. The Brazilian has not developed and progressed as much as he would have liked to in the last few years, but he has the faith of manager Louis van Gaal.

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