Louis van Gaal has allowed Rafael da Silva to leave Manchester United for Lyon for a fee thought to be around £2.5m. Rafael, the only other specialist right back in United’s senior team, was tactically pushed out of the club after LVG made sure his appearances in the first team became even more limited with the arrival of Italian international Matteo Darmian. Lyon have officially announced their acquisition of the three-time Premier League Champion, and one-time UEFA Champions League winner “who will sign in the coming days a four-year contract with OL, ie until June 30, 2019.”
Lyon has announced the capture of 25 yr old Rafael da Silva on a 4 year contract
Last season Rafael behind, the severely predictable, Antonio Valencia in the pecking order, and for some reason or the other the Dutch manager never took to Rafael’s style of play. Not the most polished article, but full of joy, passion, adventure, ferocity, and embodied the United never say die attitude. LVG never felt he was solid enough defensively and favored the robotic and predictable Ecuadorian over the sometimes-rash Brazilian.
Da Silva fell behind in the plans of his new manager Louis van Gaal