Rafael is set to bring his eight-year career at Manchester United to an end as he is on the verge of completing a move to Olympique Lyon.
In a message posted on Twitter late this afternoon, the Brazilian has expressed his gratitude to the club and the fans for the support during his career.
“Since I signed with the club I lived incredible moments, after all were 8 years wearing the shirt of one of the biggest clubs of the world,” he wrote.
“Thank you ManUtd FC. I also want to thank all employees who always treated me with great affection and gave me greater attention…
“Thank you Sir Alex Ferguson for always believing in my work and for all the doors that you opened up to me. Now it’s a new path, a new challenge, God bless me!”
Rafael could have been United’s right-back for the next decade had he stayed fit but, sadly, after an excellent 2012-13 campaign, he managed only 29 Premier League appearances over the last two seasons.
Louis Van Gaal has reportedly admitted that signing Angel Di Maria was a mistake and his decision to allow the Argentine to join PSG is motivated by a desire to cut his losses.
The former Real Madrid man joined United for a club record fee of £59.7m last summer but, after starting the season in thrilling fashion, cut an increasingly frustrated and disinterested figure as the season progressed.
Louis Van Gaal believes Luke Shaw will recover from a difficult first season at Old Trafford to establish himself as a regular for Manchester United.
The 20-year-old struggled to replicate the form he had shown at Southampton two seasons ago and managed to play in only 20 of United’s 44 games in their first campaign under Van Gaal, who criticised the England international’s lack of match fitness at the start of last season.
Jesse Lingard said he’s determined to prove his worth at Manchester United and would rather stay at Old Trafford than head out on loan.
The 22-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Derby County, where he impressed even though the Rams fell short of promotion.
It is just over a year since Robin Van Persie’s diving header met Daley Blind’s cross before flying past Iker Casillas, as Holland drew level against Spain in their World Cup debut.
Most of those watching the game took the Dutchman’s finish as a glimpse of what the future had in store for him and Manchester United.
Morgan Schneiderlin said joining Manchester United was an easy decision to make and that he is looking forward to win trophies at Old Trafford.
The Frenchman became United’s fourth signing of the summer when he completed his £24m move from Southampton on Monday, ahead of joining his new teammates on the US tour.
Bastian Schweinsteiger has said Manchester United are the only club he would have left Bayern Munich for and that he was ready to test himself in the Premier League.
The Germany international, who completed his £15m move to Old Trafford on Monday before joining his new team-mates on their US tour, said only the prospect of playing for United could convince him to bring his 17-year spell at the Bavarian giants to an end.
Manchester United have confirmed the signing of PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay for a fee of approximately £22m.
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