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Rafael wants United to sign players with ‘character’

Lyon right-back Rafael says he wants to see his former club Manchester United sign players with character, rather than just because they are expensive.

Rafael spent seven years at the club from 2008 – 2015, but thinks the club have too often prioritised spending big money over smart acquisitions in recent years.

The Brazilian told ESPN, “They should go for the players who want to play for Manchester United. Not just because Manchester United are going to pay you.

“Look at Chicharito. How hard did he play for Manchester United? He wanted to play. How much did Manchester United pay for him? Not much.

“You have to be clever. You have to see that the player wants to play for Manchester United. First of all you have to see the character of the player and see if they really want to do well for United, not just coming for the money.

“We have made some mistakes but I hope now that we can get back on track. In this Manchester United, I see more of how they played before and I think soon we will be back where we belong.”


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