Former Man Utd defender Rafael claims Steven Gerrard used to call him and his twin brother Fabio “pricks” when they played Liverpool.

The Brazilian brothers are both still playing professional football with Rafael representing Turkish club Başakşehir, while Fabio turns out for French side Nantes.

Rafael played 170 times for Man Utd over seven seasons at Old Trafford but Fabio was limited to 56 appearances and left the club a year earlier than his sibling.

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The twins, and Rafael in particular, was involved in a number of encounters against arch-rivals Liverpool and the Brazilian has revealed that Wayne Rooney told him that Gerrard thought they were “pricks”.

“Wayne Rooney told us that Steven Gerrard hated us,” Rafael told The Athletic. “He said that Gerrard told him on international duty, ‘Those twins, they are pricks!’. We never did anything to him but wear a different shade of red. I guess that’s all it takes. And to be honest, I understood what he meant. The feeling was mutual.”

A large number of Man Utd supporters have protested against the Glazer family since they completed their controversial takeover at Old Trafford in 2005.

Long-standing anger among fans reached new levels in April when United and their fellow ‘big six’ Premier League clubs agreed to join a new European Super League before pulling out.

Anti-Glazer protests on May 2 led to United’s home Premier League match against Liverpool being postponed and Rafael was “sad” to see the scenes earlier this year.

“It’s sad to see,” Rafael added. “It’s not good for United, that’s for sure. I can understand all the supporters, though. Everyone has the right to protest, but what I will also say is that you cannot protest in a way that penalises your team.

“That’s what I don’t agree with. You have to protest? That’s no problem for me. But United could have been penalised for that (Liverpool game) because they could not play.

“I can say again, though, that I understand every supporter who speaks out about this. And I don’t understand why the Glazers have not said anything to the supporters for so many years. They should have said something, they should have given interviews. I really don’t understand this.”


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