Manchester United supporters in the Football Transfer Tavern are still recovering from the shock of seeing their side demolished by Manchester City on Sunday.
It has been a depressing start to life under new manager David Moyes and their gloom has not been improved with the latest reports arriving in the bar.
The Daily Star now suggests that Brazilian right back Rafael could leave United during the January transfer window.
The 23-year-old is reportedly planning to make a return to his native country after considering his position within the squad Moyes inherited from Sir Alex Ferguson.
He has only made one appearance for the Red Devils during the Community Shield victory over Wigan Athletic due to injury but he could now depart for Brazilian side Corinthians who are lining up the full back to replace Alessandro at the club.
Rafael holds ambitions to make the Brazilian World Cup squad next summer but could struggle for regular game time at Old Trafford with the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, and Jonny Evans all capable of playing in his position.
His current contract lasts until 2016 but he may have decided that a move away would benefit his future and United could try to cash in on the right back.
However his agent has tried to calm the speculation telling The Mirror: “Suddenly, there is interest. If there is, it’s great.
“All third parties and players see Corinthians very positively, but it’s hard, because he is happy at United…. He is not even thinking about returning to Brazil.”
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