Istanbul Basaksehir star Rafael calls Man Utd 'we' while discussing old club before Champions League clash

ISTANBUL Basaksehir star Rafael described Manchester United as 'we' when talking about his old club.

The Brazilian is playing for the Turkish side against United at Old Trafford in the Champions League tonight and showed the Red Devils still have a place in his heart.

BT Sport's chief sports reporter Des Kelly made the revelation ahead of tonight's Group H clash.

Kelly tweeted: "Interviewing Rafael before his return to Old Trafford and he says 'we' when discussing Man Utd. Oops. He’s still a fan."

The right-back was at United from 2008 to 2015 and he admitted he is delighted to be coming back.

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Asked if he is looking forward to seeing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer again, Rafael said: "Of course.

"Ole was starting his career as a coach here when I started and he helped me a lot and he helped my brother a lot.

"So I just thank Ole for everything and I hope he can have a great career at Manchester United.

"Coming back is a dream coming true, you know. I just remember a lot of things, I love this club and I feel happiness when I am here."

Despite his clear affinity for the Red Devils, the 30-year-old is focussed on winning for his new side tonight.

He added: "It is a game and of course I want to win, I want to qualify with Istanbul Basaksehir.

"And it’s the first time the club has played in the Champions League, so this is a very important game.

"We have a chance to qualify so we need to do the same as we did in Turkey.

"I know it will be very, very hard, United are very good, so we need to concentrate and try to win this game."

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