Fabio da Silva arrived at Manchester United along with brother Rafael and was tipped to be the better of the twin brothers.

It was Rafael who had more success, with Fabio stuck behind Patrice Evra at left-back.

He is best remembered at United for a brief spell at right-back, where he overtook Rafael in the pecking order and ended up starting the Champions League final in 2011.
Barcelona was amazing that night at Wembley, winning 3-1.

Fabio was not a positive to United, but he was not a decisive weak link either.

Put peak Neville at right-back in that game and the result probably ends the same way.

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The Brazilian has been sharing his memories from the biggest game of his life, in an interview with ESPN FC.

The current Nantes defender said: “Well, that was the very best that Barcelona have been. They were good when they beat us in Rome; they were even better two years later.

 

“I was so focused in the dressing room before the game. The hairs stood up on my neck. Nemanja Vidic looked at me and said: ‘Play well, but calm down.’ He could see how motivated I was.

“Barcelona scored first, but it was 1-1 at halftime after Wayne scored a great goal. Then Messi scored; he’s not human. He was the difference, but it’s hard to touch the ball when Barcelona pass it so well. We defended well, and I always believed that we could break and score, but no.

“It was difficult after the game not to be disappointed. You relive moments in the game in your mind, then finally, you accept that it was not meant to be.”

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United are now set to face Barcelona in the Champions League for the first time since 2011 in this year’s quarter-finals.

Barcelona is not quite as polished a side as they were in 2011 but remain a formidable force.

Lionel Messi is as good as ever. His goal record reads 39 goals in 37 games this season.

Even at 31-years-old, he shows no sign of slowing down.

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