Rafael da Silva cannot wait to get started this season and is excited by the prospect of working with new manager Louis van Gaal.
Having watched the World Cup from afar this summer, the Brazilian full-back is aware of van Gaal’s coaching prowess and believes he “likes to employ intelligent footballers.” Speaking to MUTV, Rafael spoke of his excitement about the forthcoming season and admitted that life with van Gaal will definitely not be boring:
“Everyone’s excited to see how he’ll be both during games and away from it.
“It’s clear [from watching him in the World Cup] that he likes to play with intelligent players.
“These types of players can change games and often shift from one formation to another. He seems very good at that.
“Some of his staff have been here from quite early on, so we have an idea of his methods but we are all looking forward to finding out more from him. I’m very excited.”
Having missed out on a place in the Brazilian World Cup squad, Rafael has already been in pre-season training ahead of van Gaal’s arrival at the club, and there is a real sense of making up for lost time after last season’s disastrous campaign:
“I’m very happy to be back after pre-season, we’ve been training for over two weeks now and I’ve got used to that quite quickly again.
“That’s the important thing [to get back to fitness very quickly], we need to get it right in pre-season and do all the things properly and look forward to the season.
“We all want to get back on track as last season was just not us.”
Rafael is not the only player to have publicly expressed an excitement about the new season. Darren Fletcher has also spoken about the chance to work with Louis van Gaal and the midfielder is another who appears keen to make up for last year’s mistakes. The players seem to be rejuvenated by the new managerial appointment, and having touched down in the United States this weekend the hard work starts now. The tour kicks off on Thursday against LA Galaxy, before facing European opposition in AS Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid in the next two weeks.