The Brazilian twins at Manchester United look like being separated in summer with Fabio expected to join Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon on loan next season. The young defender will hold showdown talks with boss Alex Ferguson to find out if he has a future at Old Trafford after struggling to earn a regular first team place this term.
The Da Silva twins joined United back in 2008 but while Rafael has become an integral part of Fergie’s team, his brother has only started in one Premier League game in this campaign and has not enjoyed the same success as his twin brother.
Fabio has only featured 11 times in his two years at the club and reports suggest that Sporting are leading the chase to clinch his loan signing during the summer. The teenage prospect who can play at full back or in midfield is keen on the move saying that he would relish the chance to get his career back on track and experience regular first team football.
The 19 year old admits that if he’s going to be loaned out he wants it to be to Sporting Lisbon. “It’s a very big club with a long tradition. Both here in England as well as Brazil, Sporting is a very well known club which is respected and they also play regularly in Europe” he said.
“Who would not like to play at Sporting Lisbon? If I can have more chances to play there is no problem. The coach would like me to continue in the United squad but my agent thinks that I will not have that many opportunities and so he has advised me to play elsewhere. I will meet with Ferguson at the end of the season and decide what the best option is”
Fabio’s opportunities at Old Trafford are bound to be limited next season so a loan spell playing in a good quality league like they have in Portugal can only give him invaluable experience which can eventually result in the twin brothers being reunited.
Will a loan spell at Sporting Lisbon prove to be beneficial to Fabio?