Watch: Rafael da Silva scores wonder-chip for Manchester United Under-21s to put more pressure on Antonio Valencia

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With Antonio Valencia heavily criticised for his performance in Manchester United's FA Cup defeat by Arsenal on Monday, right-back Rafael da SIlva has chosen a great time to remind manager Louis van Gaal of his qualities.

The Brazilian scored a sublime lob for the United U-21s against Tottenham last night in a 1-1 draw.

The 24-year-old has made a total of 10 appearances for the Old Trafford side this season. He has not played for the first-team since January, when he suffered a fractured cheekbone and was forced off at half-time in the FA Cup tie against Yeovil.


Regular United right-back Valencia apologised to United supporters and team-mates for his horror show against Arsenal on Monday night in the FA Cup sixth-round, when he played a part in both of the Gunners' goals in the 2-1 defeat.


The Ecuadorian, 29, was caught out of position to allow Nacho Monreal to open the scoring for Arsenal, and then played a woeful back-pass to assist Danny Welbeck for the Gunners' decisive second.

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"I want to apologise to my team-mates and the fans of Manchester United," Valencia wrote on Instagram. "Tomorrow is another day and keep working."