Rafa gets emotional about his Old Trafford return

The Brazilian defender became a hugely popular player with supporters throughout his stay, which featured 170 appearances, thanks to an infectious personality, relentless work-ethic and obvious love for the club.

Rafael was sold to Lyon during Louis van Gaal’s tenure as United manager and he enjoyed five successful seasons in France, before completing a transfer to Istanbul Basaksehir in the summer. 

Da Silva produced a typically industrious display when the Turkish side beat us 2-1 earlier this month and, on Monday night, he landed in Manchester for a return fixture that means so much to him.

Club reporter Stewart Gardner caught up with Rafael to discuss his return to Old Trafford and how our fans will always have a place in his heart…