Former United defender Rafael takes aim at both PSG and City after Champions League semi-final

Former Manchester United defender Rafael has been in fiery mood on to Twitter after Tuesday night’s Champions League semi-final.

Unfortunately, Manchester City saw off Paris Saint-Germain to reach their first ever European final.

Last season, Pep Guardiola’s side were knocked out by French opposition in the shape of Lyon.

Rafael was on the bench for Lyon that night, when they saw off City 3-1 with a counter-attacking masterclass.

After Lyon’s French counterparts PSG failed to get past City this time around, Rafael couldn’t resist a dig.

He bemoaned the fact that the French champions were not able to stop City like his old club had last season.

When that clearly didn’t go down well with PSG fans still frustrated from last night’s results, Rafael went again.

He mocked their supporters for their club’s lack of success.

Rafael was part of two United sides who came runners up in the Champions League in 2009 and 2011.

His passion for the club was clear when he returned with Istanbul Basaksehir this season, despite suffering a 4-1 defeat.

Like every other United fan, he’d have been hoping that PSG could have dumped City out last night but it wasn’t to be.

Now Real Madrid, villains of the European Super League debacle, are all that stands between an all-English final.

A sorry state of affairs but United should have the Europa League final to look forward to and if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seals that trophy, Rafael might just take to Twitter again…

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.