Man Utd fullback Rafael up until 5am before Liverpool thrashing

Manchester United fullback Rafael was knackered going into their thrashing by Liverpool.

Manchester United fullback Rafael was knackered going into their thrashing by Liverpool.

The Mirror says Rafael only had a few hours sleep before the 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool - as he was at the birth of his latest child.

Right-back Rafael gave away the penalty that handed the Anfield side the lead and was also booked for a wild tackle on Steven Gerrard.

However the Old Trafford star at least had a genuine excuse for his display as he only got to his bed about 5am after being with his wife in hospital.

Rafael wanted to be at the birth - with the blessing of boss David Moyes - and his pre-match plans were disrupted as a result.

 
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