Rafael believes Fábio's loan from Manchester United to QPR will help them mature
Manchester United defender Rafael da Silva believes his brother’s loan to Queens Park Rangers will help him and Fábio to mature.
The young full-back moved to QPR on a season-long loan after struggling to get into the Red Devils first-team past Patrice Evra.
The twins moved to Old Trafford in 2008 after being spotted by Sir Alex Ferguson's scouts whilst playing in the Fluminense youth team, meaning the 22-year-olds have spent their whole careers together.
However, Rafael, who recently signed a new four-year deal with United, believes Fábio’s recent move to Premier League rivals QPR will be beneficial for the pair.
He told United Review: "It is good for us. It's time to be more mature.
"I have to be stronger now he has left."
Fábio has been ruled out with a hamstring injury following the R’s derby draw with Chelsea on Saturday, which could keep him out for “several weeks” according to manager Mark Hughes.
The Seleção internationals could come face-to-face when their two sides face each other on November 24 and February 23.