Manchester United loan out Fabio to QPR



By Alex Byrom
Deputy Football Editor



Young Brazilian defender Fabio, who has struggled recently with injuries, will link up with former United favourite Mark Hughes


Queens Park Rangers have signed full-back Fabio Da Silva on a season-long loan from Manchester United.

The Brazilian full-back will spend the entire 2012/13 campaign at Loftus Road, where he will work under Reds legend and Rangers manager, Mark Hughes.

The news follows Monday's earlier announcement that Fabio's twin brother, Rafael, has extended his United contract until 2016, by signing a four-year deal.

Fabio has found first team opportunities limited in his Old Trafford career to date: Last season he was beset with injuries and also had to battle with new signing Phil Jones and Chris Smalling – plus brother Rafael – at right back. 

Also he had the tricky task of displacing Patrice Evra at left-back, but he has still made 53 appearances and scored twice.

His sustained run of involvement in the second half of the 2010/11 season culminated in a starting berth in the 2011 Champions League final defeat to Barcelona. 

Sir Alex Ferguson is convinced the defender has the wherewithal to succeed at Old Trafford, though, having admitted in April: "I think a year out at a good level playing every week will make Fabio a real top player for us.” He also praised the youngster for his desire to work.

The United boss added: “Fabio knows where he has to improve, so hopefully a year away, playing regular football, he will improve drastically and come back and be a regular for us.”

Manchester United have been busy this summer, bringing in striker Nick Powell and midfielder Shinji Kagawa, whist stellar figures such as Tomasz Kuszczak and Michael Owen have left the club.

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