Rafael believes Manchester United will continue to challenge for major honors
Manchester United fullback Rafael feels his side will be able to contend for silverware on all fronts next season. The Brazilian defender believes Manchester United will record a successful season under their new manager David Moyes.
Talking to Inside United, Rafael showed faith in contending for major trophies for the second successive season. The 22-year-old believes the change in management will not affect the successful path Manchester United is set upon.
“Once we arrive back here for pre-season, the focus will be on winning the league again and also the Champions League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup,” Rafael said.
“It's been a long time since we won the FA Cup so we should be really focused to win this trophy again.”
Sir Alex Ferguson surprised the football community by handing in his resignation as the boss of Old Trafford this summer. The legendary Scotsman handpicked Everton manager David Moyes as his successor.
The new Old Trafford boss is expected to change tactics, release players and bring a couple of new faces to the club. In spite of the threat of a turbulent transition, Rafael believes Manchester United will prevail and the legacy set by Sir Alex Ferguson will survive for years in the form of the young squad he assembled before his departure.
“If you see all the players now, we are starting to get mature,” Rafael added. “We were young - me, [Phil] Jones, Chris Smalling, [David] De Gea, [Danny] Welbeck - we were all young. Now we are getting towards the age of 24 or 25 and that's a good age. We need to improve every day.”
David Moyes is expected to bring in Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini from Everton. Manchester United are also in contention to sign in Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. The former Manchester United star could be sold at a cut-price to the English club since he hasn’t signed in a new contract yet.
Manchester United are only a couple of signings away from another decade of dominance on the European scale. The arrival of a midfielder, a defender along with Cristiano Ronaldo could ensure Manchester United continue to fight for major silverware.