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Is a title challenge possible for Man Utd?

Manchester United
ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Man United exit denied by Rafael agent

Manchester United defender Rafael is unlikely to join Brazilian side Corinthians, according to his agent.

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A report in Brazilian newspaper Lance! linked Rafael, 23, with a move away from Old Trafford saying the Sao Paulo club were "optimistic" of signing him at the end of the season.

However, when asked about the potential for a move, Cassiano Pereira, the player’s agent, is quoted by the Mirror as saying: "I see it as being quite difficult [signing Rafael].

"He's a starter, despite having been injured [and] nobody at Corinthians has talked to me.

"Suddenly, there is interest. If there is, it's great. All third parties and players see Corinthians very positively, but it's hard, because he is happy at United.... He is not even thinking about returning to Brazil."

Pereira also criticised Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari’s decision not to select the player for more of his squads.

During his last of two appearances for the Selecao, the 2-1 defeat to Mexico in the Olympics final, Rafael was blamed for giving the ball away allowing El Tri to score the winner, something which has been labelled an "injustice" by Pereira.

"He dreams of playing in the World Cup, I've got no doubt about that," Pereira added. "I don't understand why he hasn't been chosen by Scolari."

"Because of one second, a player doesn't get another chance? Rafael is an exemplary player... they placed all the responsibility on him but a game lasts 90 minutes.

"It was an injustice."


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