Portuguese influence growing at Man Utd

Fluminense twins Rafael and Fabio Silva are both due to sign contracts with United when they turn 18 on July 9. The pair won deals at Old Trafford after impressing in trials early last season, having first been spotted by United scouts playing in Manchester United Nike Cup in 2005.

Fabio and Rafael are left and right-sided fullbacks, respectively, and are expected to stay with United for the coming season. The increasing Portuguese-speaking influence at Old Trafford, which also includes Evandro Brandao from Walsall, is sure to assist their adjustment.

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