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When Manchester United's Rafael da Silva embarrassed Tottenham's Gareth Bale

A look back at Rafael da Silva's impressive moments for Manchester United, with Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City, QPR and Arsenal on the receiving end.

Rafael da Silva has left Manchester United for Lyon, the French side have confirmed via their official website, ending the Brazilian's eight-year tenure at Old Trafford.

We took a look at five memorable Rafael moments - the positive ones - he can look back on and savour...

Embarrassing Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale was frequently a tricky opponent for Rafael, but the right-back rose to the challenge.

Few who saw it will forget this piece of skill from the full-back in possession, which left Bale sliding on the Old Trafford turf as the United man sold him an impressive dummy.

Scoring past Liverpool at Anfield

As far as important goals go, Rafael's strike at Anfield may be the most important one he scored for the Red Devils.

He netted a crucial opener in 2012 as United went onto win 2-1 against their bitter rivals, accomplishing a personal achievement with predecessor Gary Neville could only dream of.

Outstanding goal against QPR

The 2012/13 season was Sir Alex Ferguson's last in charge for United, and it was surely Rafael's best for the club.

The goal against Liverpool was notable for it's importance, but it was followed up months later with an even better long range rocket at Loftus Road in a 2-0 win.

Going head to head with Carlos Tevez

Rafael was imperfect defensively, but his shortcomings were often overlooked by supporters who greatly admired his passion.

This was summed up in 2010 when he clashed with former teammate Carlos Tevez, who was representing Manchester City in a League Cup semi-final, with the pair needing to be separated by the referee. It was this incident which solidified him as a fan favourite among United fans.

Twin power outguns Arsenal

It was often a case of either or when it came to Rafael or twin brother Fabio, partly due to their inability to stay fit at the same time.

The most memorable game they played together was in the FA Cup against Arsenal in 2011, when Sir Alex Ferguson pulled a surprise and selected them both on the wing.

They combined brilliantly with Rafael setting Fabio up to score the opener, as the Red Devils recorded a 2-0 victory. It remains a source of mystery to United fans that it was an experiment Ferguson never repeated.

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