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The Boys from Brazil

Posted by hakanrylander on September 11, 2008

During the past few weeks I’ve become convinced that the present crop of teenagers is United’s best since the legendary group including Giggs, Scholes, Beckham, Butt and Neville x 2 in the early 90’s. I admit that this conviction is based on a fairly limited amount of exposure, but two players in particular, Rodrigo Possebon (born 1989) and Rafael da Silva (1990), have impressed me tremendously.  Possebon made his league debut as a substitute against Newcastle on the opening day of this season and looked very comfortable on the ball. He also moved well off the ball, hit some good passes and seemed completely unfazed by the occasion. There is fierce competition for places in central midfield, but I have a feeling that Possebon will get more than a few games already this season.

Much the same could be said about Rafael who is a right-back with great attacking skills and could certainly also play at the right side of midfield. He earned rave reviews for his performances against Peterborough and Juventus. And remember that his twin brother Fabio has an even more impressive record and was captain of Brazil Under-17.

A special mention also to Manchester-born Danny Welbeck (1990) a forward who looked very promising with the first team in Saudi Arabia last season, but who I’ve yet to see this season.

Still unconvinced? Watch this video.

Or this:

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2 Responses to “The Boys from Brazil”

  1. Any risk of any of these talents being held back due to limited playing time?
    A.k.a. “doing a Bojan Djordic”?

  2. hakanrylander said

    This is always a risk, especially at the bigger clubs. But I think the early signs are that Ferguson intends to give them, particularly Possebon, plenty of opportunities. I am, as you might have guessed, very optimistic.

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