Sir Alex Ferguson described Fabio da Silva’s Champions League debut as “outstanding” after the Brazilian teenager impressed in Manchester United’s victory over CSKA Moscow last night. da Silva, twin to team mate Rafael, started United’s match at left-back after Patrice Evra failed to make the plane to Moscow.
Fabio produced a dynamic display in support of Nani, using his pace to add penetration to United’s attacking display.
“He was absolutely outstanding,” said Sir Alex Ferguson.
“The boy is a magnificent player at only 18 years of age. Absolutely first class.”
Fabio required an operation on a shoulder injury last season, which kept the Petrópolis-born defender out of the first-team picture. Ironically, the same injury suffered by his brother Rafael this campaign.
Fabio, 18, started the Carling Cup fixture at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers last month only to see red for a professional foul.
Fabio and Rafael signed for Manchester United from Fluminense in February 2007, but were unable to take part in matches until they turned 18 in July 2008. Rafael appeared on 28 occasions at for United last season before losing his place to John O’Shea through injury.