The Advantage Of Having Identical Twins

"I might put Rafael in there. They wouldn't know [the difference]. Their DNA is probably the same," - Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson has joked he considered playing the suspended Rafael Da Silva this weekend - by pretending it's his twin brother Fabio. The United defender is banned for one match after he was sent off in his side's draw with Tottenham last weekend – a decision which infuriated Ferguson.

But when asked how he would fill the void for United's home clash with Birmingham on Saturday, the Scot was in jovial mood. "I might put Rafael in there. They wouldn't know [the difference]. Their DNA is probably the same," Ferguson said.

Rafael escaped with an £8,000 fine and a warning about his future conduct following an FA disciplinary hearing into his reaction on Friday. The verdict will be welcomed by Ferguson, who before the hearing outlined why he thought referee Mike Dean was wrong to apply the second booking.

"You hope for common sense. You hope that prevails. It was a bad decision to send him off. In a big game it can have an impact, especially with 20 minutes left," the United manager said.

Fabio, Wes Brown and John O'Shea are all in contention to fill the vacancy left by Rafael, with Ferguson also expected to make a couple of extra changes as his side look to retain top spot. "Having to replace Rafael has given us something to consider, plus one or two other changes. Fabio could replace him. O'Shea and Brown also played for the reserves, so they are a consideration." Ferguson said.

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