Date: 10th October 2012 at 11:06am
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has a cult like following amongst fans.

His curly hair, his relationship with brother , his reaction to in the derby in 2010 and the sense that he would run through a brick wall for the team – fans love him.

He’s a fan favourite and he loves the fans too so he was delighted to have been accepted by the fans the way he has:

“It’s great to win something voted by the fans.

”The supporters have helped me since I came here and I’m very happy with that.

“Since I arrived here, the fans have been amazing, singing songs for me or stopping me and telling me I’m a true Red.

“I’ve been coming here to training since I was 15 years old, a long time, so I feel like I am a true Red.”

Rafael has inherited the number 2 shirt, famously worn by , and it seems some of Neville has rubbed off on the Brazilian this season as his solid performances (as well as a wonder goal at Anfield) saw him named Player of the month. Speaking to ManUtd.Com, the full back said:

“I’m very happy to win this award, especially since I found out that defenders never win it.

“It’s just an honour to win, especially to beat , and I’m very proud.

“It was a good month for me, very consistent, playing many games and of course scoring the goal at was the high point for me. I think scoring at Anfield probably helped a lot with the voting!”