Man United player reportedly up to 5am night before Liverpool thrashing

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Rafael’s lacklustre performance against the Reds can maybe be explained by a lack of sleep on Saturday night.

Manchester United were put to the sword 3-0 by rivals Liverpool on Sunday, with the Premier League champions now looking very unlikely to finish in the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League.

With a squad upheaval in the pipeline this summer, plenty of the Old Trafford players will be playing for their futures between now and the end of the season.

One of the underperforming stars from Sunday’s defeat may well have an excuse for not being at his best.

The Mirror report that Rafael only got a couple of hours of sleep on the night before the game as he was at the birth of his latest child.

David Moyes is said to have been understanding over the Brazilian’s less than ideal preparations for the game.

Rafael gave away the first of Liverpool’s three penalties and put in a less than impressive performance.

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