Keith Satuku praises Rafael’s performance, writing for Off The Post:
He has a desire that has been rare in a Manchester United shirt this season. No West Brom player got past him in this game, yet he made intelligent runs forward.
In the 33rd minute, he made a clever cut inside and was fouled by Chris Brunt. United scored from the resulting free kick.
The Brazilian also picked an accurate cross for Rooney’s goal. He was here, there and everywhere.
Unlike Smalling, who can defend well as a covering right back but lacks piercing runs and accurate crosses, Rafael also add natural width going forward.