It was his third goal for the club after earlier efforts against Arsenal away in 2008/09, and at home to Wigan in the following campaign.
"When I was younger, I played as a striker," Rafael told United Review, the official matchday programme. "I like heading the ball and it was great to score [against Fulham] - it was a really good cross by Ashley [Young] and I was in a good position. I enjoy getting forward - I just love football!
"Of course, as a player you can always improve something. I think I need to improve my defending and I have said this since I arrived here. I keep working hard at that and I will keep working to try and improve."