Van Gaal hails 'unbelievable' Manchester United star Rafael

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has praised the attitude of Rafael da Silva.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has thanked Rafael da Silva for his bravery.

The Brazilian suffered a fractured cheek against Yeovil Town in the FA Cup win, but was able to carry on before eventually being substituted.

As a result the team were not immediately impacted and Van Gaal had time to consider his next change rather than making an instant decision.

He told "Rafael had a fresh injury so it was fantastic that he had the guts to play through.

"He has a fantastic mentality, it's unbelievable."

United's victory was at a cost, with Rafael and Luke Shaw both injured, while Paddy McNair had to be treated on the field for a head injury.

Rafael's willingness to battle on suggests he may be able to continue to play a role this month, even if he has to wear a protective mask.

With the club running out of fit defenders, the obvious alternative is of course for the club to become active in the transfer market sooner rather than later...

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