Man Utd boss Ferguson delighted with Rafael progress

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is delighted with the progress of fullback Rafael da Silva.

Ferguson uses his column in the Newcastle edition of United Review - the Reds' official match programme - to wax lyrical about the 22-year-old's maturity and the progress he has made, particularly in the last 12 months.

"The truly eye-catching improvement this season so far for me is the maturity that young Rafa has added to his game," says the United boss.

"He has always shown himself as a defender with ability and great enthusiasm, but not always with great decision making, especially in European football, giving him - and us - some scary moments.

"His performance against Queens Park Rangers [last month] was outstanding with his defensive work and attacking making his presence a key factor in our 3-1 win.

"I would have no hesitation saying that he is our most improved player this season with a couple of goals a reflection of his eagerness to lend a hand up front."

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