Former Manchester United defender Raphael da Silva has opened up on the struggles of retired Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson while they were at Old Trafford. The Brazilian twins, Rafael and Fabio, arrived in the city of Manchester together from Fluminense as the club could not get one without the other at the age they moved.

Rafael said Ferguson could not tell them apart as they were quite identical. The full backs looked alike, with the same curly hair and same gentle, kind nature. The defender praised Ferguson for all his strengths while they were at the club but revealed that the Scot struggled to identify them.

“It happened many, many times. It wasn’t rare that before training he’d look at me and say: ‘Come on, go to the left wing.’ When that happened, I used to just look at him. Then, he’d go: ‘I meant right wing, Rafael!’

It’s funny to remember it – Fergie is a special person in my life. He’s the best manager I’ve ever worked with, no doubt.”

The 27-year old player was the second choice as United wanted just Fabio at first. Raphael went on to enjoy a more brilliant career at the club compared to his brother. Rafael won three Premier League titles before moving to Lyon in 2015. Fabio left the club a year earlier as he struggled. He moved to Cardiff City before returning to feature for Middlesbrough.

On the current manager Jose Mourinho and the current crop of stars, Rafael opines that they are expected to lift the title.

“I feel confident after the signings they’ve made – I hope they will become Premier League champions this season.”

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