Manchester United defender Rafael: I'd love to score against Liverpool

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Manchester United's Rafael da Silva is hoping to haunt Liverpool once again.

Manchester United defender Rafael da Silva has told the club's official website he would love to score against Liverpool this weekend.

The full-back netted at Anfield in 2012 in a 2-1 win, and such a result would take the Red Devils six points clear of their rivals.

The Brazilian said: "It is always tough to play there at Anfield, but I think it is very good to get this result before that game.”

“I hope I can do it again… maybe with my left foot again!"

The 24-year-old has scored all but one of his goals for United with his left, the club website noted.

Whether Rafael gets the opportunity to do so is another matter. He has fallen to second choice right-back of late, behind Antonio Valencia, previously regarded as more of a winger.

Valencia had a poor game against Arsenal in the FA Cup, culpable for Danny Welbeck's winner, but manager Louis van Gaal chose to keep him in for the Spurs game, and the Ecuadorian was part of a back four which kept a clean sheet.

Rafael played just three minutes at the end of the game, and Van Gaal is likely to stick with Valencia, having done so against Spurs.

And then there are the figures Rafael has to overcome. He has not managed a single shot on target all season, playing just 10 Premier League games.

  TeamTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttGoalsAppearances
Rafael Man Utd 2 0 0 10

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