Currently at Lyon, Brazilian fullback Rafael da Silva had the opportunity to relive some old rivalry on Wednesday night.

The former Manchester United player felt the taste of beating Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, as the French side won their first Champions League group stage match 2-1.

Rafael spoke to the Brazilian press after the game, and was asked by reporter Fred Caldeira if his ‘red heart got a little more thrilled’ with such win.

A little? No, much more. Everyone knows that I support Manchester United and I came here to beat City”, Rafael da Silva told Esporte Interativo.

“This City which, as you said, are favourite to all competitions. It even gives yourself even more happiness, you know? I’m very happy about that.”

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Rafael da Silva joined Manchester United in 2008 on a move from Brazilian side Fluminense. He made 170 appearances for the club, and has become kind of a cult hero for the fans.

However, injuries kept being a problem and things didn’t work very well between him and Louis van Gaal. He ended up leaving to Lyon on a €3m deal in 2015.