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Brazilian set to return to squad for trip to Bloomfield Road

Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has spoken of how much young Brazilian defender Rafael is maturing and improving on the pitch, despite a recent sending off at White Hart Lane.

The right-back returns to the United squad for the trip to Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night, Giggs' first trip to the stadium in his 21-year career, and the Welshman has been very complimentary about the enthusiastic full-back.

"Rafael has come on in leaps and bounds over the last few months," Giggs told the club's official website.

"I have seen a massive improvement, not only in the way he plays but within him as a person.

"I come up against him in a lot of training sessions because we play in opposite positions and I have seen the maturity develop over the last three or four months.

"If he keeps developing he is going to be a brilliant player."

Giggs, now 37, has never played a competitive game against the Seasiders but is looking forward to the new experience.

“It is a good thing for us going to a new ground,” he said.

“It’s a new experience, it’ll be a tight, compact ground. It’ll be loud. United are coming to town, so everyone will be up for it – players, fans. It’ll be a battle and it’ll be tough.

"As a player, you want challenges like that. It makes it all the more satisfying if you come out on top.”

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