Rooney and more: Man United stars pay tribute to Rafael after exit

A host of Manchester United stars paid tribute to Rafael Da Silva after he signed for Lyon on Monday

Wayne Rooney was among the Manchester United players to take to social media to pay tribute to Rafael Da Silva after the Brazilian full-back completed his transfer to Lyon on Monday.

The full-back fell out of favour under Louis van Gaal last season and was limited to just six Premier League starts as he struggled with injury during the Dutchman’s first campaign in charge at Old Trafford.

The defender joined Lyon in a deal reported to be worth around £2.1m – and a host of his former team-mates used social media to bid farewell to the defender.

United captain Wayne Rooney used his Twitter account to wish Rafael all the best:

Red Devils goalkeeper posted the picture below of the duo on his personal Instagram account and wrote a heartfelt message:

Defender Phil Jones also used the photo-sharing app to sends his regards to Rafael:

Good luck @orafa2 in the start of your new adventure. Top player and professional! @manchesterunited

A photo posted by Phil Jones (@philjones_4) on

Ashley Young sent his message on Twitter:

And Rafael’s brother Fabio also chimed in:

All the best soulmate God protect you on the new journey.

A photo posted by Fabio Da Silva (@ofabio3) on

Manchester United kick off their Premier League campaign with a home clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

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