Elated Rafael hails his ‘best ever goal’ for Manchester United after cancelling out Liverpool’s lead in tempered tie

By Dean Wilkins

Lively fullback Rafael da Silva hailed his equaliser against Liverpool as ‘his best goal for Manchester United’ after helping his side to victory yesterday.

The 22-year-old Brazilian cancelled out Steven Gerrard’s superb left-footed volley to draw United level against Liverpool’s ten men.

And his beautifully curled strike in the 51st minute – with Robin van Persie’s emphatic penalty – earned Sir Alex Ferguson’s first win at Anfield since 2007.

“It’s a very important three points,” Rafael said.”It wasn’t a great performance from us but in the last five years we haven’t won here so we’re very pleased.

“It’s definitely the best goal I’ve scored for United. It was a good moment to get it because it was so quick after they scored.

“If we hadn’t had scored them we might have got a little bit nervous so it was an important time to get the goal.”

The intense game was seen through by respect from both sets of fans as Liverpool played their first home tie since the independent Hillsborough report revealed that the club’s supporters were not responsible for the deaths of 96 people 23 years ago.

And during an archetypal encounter between the two, Rafael revealed his delight at netting for United’s fans.

“I was so pleased [to score] for the fans,” he added in an interview with MUTV. “They always give me such great support and I know this is an important game for them so I’m very happy.”

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