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Da Silva twins staying grounded at Man Utd

Fabio and Rafael da Silva are keeping their feet on the ground after a superb preseason at new club Manchester United.

Rafael starred against Peterborough and Juventus, with Sir Alex Ferguson eulogising over his performances, while Fabio notched 45 minutes at London Road and also scored a stunning goal in the Reserves' win over Northwich Victoria. Neither twin had played a full match in a year, but they were keen to play down their scintillating start to life at United.

"I didn't expect to play 90 minutes in the first game, so it was a good experience," Rafael told ManUtd.com. "I was happy with my performance because my last game was a year ago, and then the second game against Juventus was also good - but I want to show much more than that and prove myself."

Having watched Rafael's eye-catching performance at London Road, Fabio insists that he felt no pressure to perform when he joined the fray as a second half substitute.

"Of course not," he said. "I was very happy with Rafael's performance and very proud of the way he played, but I was only thinking about going onto the pitch and doing my best for the team and for myself.

"It's difficult to get the same tempo when you've not played for a year. I think we did ok, but there is still much more we want to do. We want to work hard. It's good to play again."

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