The da Silva brothers played alongside each other at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes but now play for opposite teams in Ligue 1.

Nantes defender, Fabio da Silva is relishing the prospect of coming up against his twin brother, Rafael da Silva in home and away fixtures in the French Ligue 1.

The two men played together for Manchester United few years ago in the Premier League but will be in opposite camps when Lyon come up against Nantes.

The two have already faced one another earlier in the season in a drab 1-1 draw at the Groupama stadium. Before the game, Fabio expressed his delight at the prospect of coming up against his twin brother in a series of tweets on his official twitter account.

“This will be the first time I play against my twin brother @orafa2. It was my dream to play with him – that was the case – and it will be also be nice to play against him”.

Fabio, at the time, was still yet to make a competitive appearance for the club he joined from Middlesbrough during the summer but still insisted he was raring to go after an injury hit 2017/2018 campaign.

Fabio will have another chance to play against his brother on the 13th of April, 2019 when Nantes lock horns with Les Gones at the Stade de la Beaujoire.

Fabio Pereira da Silva is a Brazilian professional footballer who currently plays as a left back for Ligue 1 side, Nantes. He and his twin brother began their careers with Fluminense in Brazil before being signed up by English giants Manchester United in 2007.

Unlike Rafael, Fabio failed to nail down a regular spot in the Manchester United first team, spending the 2012/2013 season on loan at QPR before making a permanent move to Cardiff in January 2014.