Last Updated: Sat, 24 Nov 2012 13:07
Manchester United right-back Rafael feels he has developed a strong partnership with winger Antonio Valencia this season.
Rafael revealed he has been working hard to improve his crossing ability this season, having firmly established himself as the club's first-choice right-back.
Boss Sir Alex Ferguson recently revealed he believes Rafael can be as good as former United right-back Gary Neville, but the 22-year-old insists he has plenty of room to improve before such comparisons can be made.
The Brazilian has paid tribute to Valencia and Rafael feels he has developed a strong partnership with the Ecuadorian winger thanks to hard work on the training ground.
"Maybe this season I am a little quicker in everything I do and every day I try to increase my crossing ability," Rafael told the Sun.
"Antonio is an incredible winger and day by day we work very hard on our partnership.
"Our South American connection has helped.
"Mr Ferguson is always demanding we be a better combination when we attack without forgetting what we must do in defence."
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