Brazilian hoping to stay at Manchester United

Manchester United full back Rafael says he must improve his performance level if he is to realise his dream and remain at Old Trafford for the rest of his career, reports BT Sport.

Rafael joined United from Fluminese in 2008 with his twin brother Fabio. Whilst Fabio has since been shipped out to Cardiff, Rafael has survived the mass clear out from new boss Louis van Gaal, and hopes to impress the Dutch coach with his performances.

“I am glad I am still here, but sad because a lot of friends have left,” Rafael said.

“I want to keep going and stay here forever, if possible.

“It depends on me to play well, I need to play well. I just want to stay here.

“I came here at 15-years-old so I have to say that I feel at home here.

“I can never say enough about this club. It is one of the best clubs in the world, if not the best in the world.

“When I first came here, I saw how a lot of players helped me like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.

“Gary Neville, even though he played in my position, helped me a lot because he was one of the best right-backs in the world.

“I want to do the same when I see some young players come in. Sometimes it’s difficult so my job is to try to help them.

“Before, I saw some players arriving, foreign players, and they just cannot understand anything and I was exactly the same.

“Sometimes, I still want to say: ‘What are they saying?’ It’s so hard and I try to help them because I know how difficult that is.”