Rafael: United have advantage

Rafael believes Manchester United are well placed to advance to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after a 1-1 draw away to Real Madrid, while he hopes his performance in Wednesday's match will earn him recognition from new Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Last Updated: 14/02/13 at 22:27 Post Comment

Rafael: Harbours hopes of playing under new Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari

Rafael: Harbours hopes of playing under new Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari

The full-back produced an eye-catching display in the first leg of the last-16 tie at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite a nervy opening 45 minutes when he was asked questions by Cristiano Ronaldo, the 22 year-old improved after the break.

He thinks the Red Devils can now finish the job at Old Trafford to knock out Real, while he is hoping to get a recall to the national team after last appearing for A Selecao in their Olympic final defeat to Mexico.

"(Sir Alex) Ferguson talked to me at half-time because I was leaving some space behind me," Rafael told Globo Esporte. "I was a little anxious because I didn't feel that I was playing well, but I did improve a lot after the break.

"We now have the advantage. It's like it is still goalless and we have the home leg to come, but I still think we could have won the game. We now have a great chance of advancing to the next round.

"Of course my goal is to play for the national team again, especially because I am a starter for Manchester United. I wasn't called up for the last international (against England) but if I keep playing well, my time will come."

Footer 365

Louis van Gaal says he is content with Manchester United squad

Louis van Gaal may not sign any more new players after being impressed with Manchester United’s pre-season form.

Transfer News: Manchester City in talks with Frank Lampard over loan move

Frank Lampard's representatives are in talks with Manchester City over a loan move, according to Sky sources.

Transfer news: Arsene Wenger admits Thomas Vermaelen could leave Arsenal this summer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger plans to make more signings this summer, but admits captain Thomas Vermaelen could leave.

Mail Box

Are Villa Fans The Lowest Of Them All?

With the possible exception of Blackpool, are any club's fans feeling any more depressed about the start of the season than Villa? We also have a bizarre suggestion and...

How Can Tim Sherwood Be Out Of Work?

Don't peple know his PPG was THE BEST EVER FOR A SPURS MANAGER? We also have mails on Luis Suarez, the new fashion for 3-5-2 and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property