Former Toon, now Fox Soccer contributor Warren Barton had some scathing words for Rafael DaSilva after United's 4-4 draw:
Wilting under pressure is unusual for United, and while David Moyes has done a great job with Everton, United threw their lead away. The defensive problems, which were identified earlier in the season, came back to haunt United. If you want to point a finger at someone, it has to be Rafael. He was at fault for three of the four goals, and he has to take a hard, long look at himself. He is very aggressive going forward, but he doesn’t see the dirty work of defending as part of his job. The Brazilian defender was caught ball-watching, and failed to go with the runners. Sir Alex will have to address this before next week’s big match.
I have to agree 100% with Barton. Rafa has outstanding speed, he can keep up with the best strikers in the league, but he just doesn't do the small things that could take him from being a good defender to a great one. He needs to become more physical, if he wants to be an United-level defender in this league. I know he is still learning the English game, but if he wants to take over for Evra or Rio, when it's time, he's got to get better, and get better fast.
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