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Rafael sees loan move benefit

Manchester United defender Rafael admits he misses his twin brother Fabio, who is on-loan at QPR, but feels they are both becoming better players as a result.

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Rafael: Misses his borther Fabio, but thinks he is growing more mature as a resu

Rafael: Misses his borther Fabio, but thinks he is growing more mature as a resu

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The young full-backs moved to Old Trafford from Fluminense in January 2008 when they were just 17-years-old.

They have both gone on to force their way into Sir Alex Ferguson's first-team squad, though the Scot elected to send Fabio on-loan to QPR at the start of this season.

The move not only allowed the pair, now 22, to play more first-team football but also become more independent and mature.

Rafael concedes that he misses his brother, currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, but accepts that the deal is good for both their development.

"It's not strange but it's different," he told the club's official website. "We're close and I was always together with him but it's been good for us, just to become more mature.

"I used to ask him all the time if I needed something but now I need more of my own mind so I've grown more mature. It's bad because I miss him but it's good to learn more.

"He is always calling me back to say something is not good [about my game].

"It's always been like this. He is back in training now and maybe, when he plays again, we'll keep doing this."

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