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Fabio assesses QPR performances and reveals what he said to Rafael after Man Utd wonderstrike

Queens Park Rangers' Fabio Da Silva (left) holds off Norwich City's Anthony Pilkington (right). Picture: Ashley Pickering/PA Archive Queens Park Rangers' Fabio Da Silva (left) holds off Norwich City's Anthony Pilkington (right). Picture: Ashley Pickering/PA Archive

Thursday, March 14, 2013
11:00 AM

EXCLUSIVE: Fabio Da Silva believes that he has become a better defender during his time on loan at QPR from Manchester United.

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The 22-year-old has made 19 appearances for Rangers this season, a figure that would be greater but for a stress fracture in his back, and is now a regular under manager Harry Redknapp.

Regular football has been hard to find at Old Trafford, with the form of Patrice Evra keeping the Brazilian out of the team, but Fabio believes he is improving all the time at Loftus Road.

“He [Redknapp] is good to work with,” the Brazilian told London24.

“I feel I’ve become a better defender. He’s put me on the left wing, right wing as well.

“I am enjoying it here.”

His performances have not gone unnoticed by those at Old Trafford and the Red Devils’ reserve coach, Warren Joyce, insists there is not much to choose between Fabio and his identical twin brother Rafael, who has been in superb form this season.

“It’s very nice [to hear that],” Fabio added. “Maybe in the future my brother and I will play as wingers [at Manchester United].

“I don’t know. I’m here now and I want to help QPR get out of the relegation zone.

“I spoke with Warren Joyce, the reserve coach [at Manchester United], [assistant manager] Mike Phelan and the manager [Sir Alex Ferguson] as well. I speak with the players. I have friends there.”

Fabio was a spectator when the Red Devils beat QPR by two goals to nil on February 23, with brother Rafael scoring a stunning goal.

And the full back revealed his conversation with his brother after the game.

“Yes, he scored a beautiful goal,” he added. “It was very nice. He’s my brother, I’m happy for him but it’s not good for us with him scoring, as we need to win.

“I told him: ‘why are you scoring against QPR, why not against someone else, not us!’”

Fabio is likely to be involved in Saturday’s relegation six pointer at Aston Villa as Rangers aim for their third win in a row.

The Brazilian is sure that QPR, who are four points shy of the 17th-placed Villans, can survive in the Premier League.

“It’s massive for us,” he added. “We go there and have a chance to win.

“Every game is different. You have to concentrate and be at 100 per cent to play the game.

“We’ve started to be more confident with two wins and we have a big game with Villa and we want to win again.

“I believe, 100 per cent, that we can survive.”

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