The Brazilian returned to the side at right-back and was in excellent form, forcing Ben Foster to tip a header onto the bar, winning the free-kick that led to Phil Jones' opener and crossing superbly for Wayne Rooney to head in.
"I've got to mention Rafa," the manager told MUTV. "He picked out a great cross for Wayne's goal and was involved in the build-up to the first one as well. He probably should have scored one or two himself maybe when he got around the back in the first half.
"There were some really good performances in the team. Much better than I've seen for a while."
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