Fabio departure leaves Evra unchallenged

Fabio da Silva

Fábio da Silva’s impending departure on loan to an as yet unnamed destination is likely to remove the last challenge, if there ever genuinely was, to Patrice Evra’s supremacy in the Manchester United left-back slot. This will necessitate that Sir Alex Ferguson dips into the transfer market this summer, both for the good of his […]

Double exposure

Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Group C - Manchester United v Valencia - Old Trafford

On Sunday night’s Match of the Day 2 a man previously mooted as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor spoke candidly on his admiration for what he believes is the makings of Ferguson’s next and possibly final great side. Despite Everton defending resolutely for 83 minutes against Manchester United at the weekend, David Moyes admitted that the […]

Wrong footed full-backs

Da Silvas brothers

Wrong footed full-backs have always existed of course – Phil Neville, Dennis Irwin and John O’Shea – right-footed players, have often been deployed on the left. It didn’t matter all that much. Defenders did very little but defend, especially in the Premier League where the classical, rigid 4-4-2 has been the formation du jour. But […]

O brother, where art thou?

da Silva twins

Damn! We’re in a tight spot. At least referee Chris Foy was on Tuesday night when the Merseyside-born official booked the wrong da Silva brother in United’s Carling Cup victory over Barnsley. Foy showed Fabio a yellow card for an 83rd minute tackle on Jamal Campbell-Ryce, when his twin Rafael should have received the caution. […]

Outstanding Fabio praised

Fabio Da Silva

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 […]