Rafael's transfer to Lyon caused shockwaves across social media as many voiced their displeasure the loveable Brazilian was sold for paltry figure in relation to his talents.
That said when Rafael was on form he proved to be formidable going forward and aggressive in the tackle, never shirking a challenge.
The 2012/13 season was the only time he made over 20 appearances (28). It was also the season he established himself as one of the best full-backs in the Premier League earning himself a new four-year contract.
Of course that contract was set to run out in 2016 adding to his depleted transfer value. Nonetheless, in an age where football clubs are blowing money at an astronomical rate £2.5 million for someone of Rafael's standing in football seems to be a poor deal.
That said, United, one of the richest clubs in the world were not in dire need of £2.5 million and could have easily afforded to keep Rafael for one more year.
At his best he far supersedes Antonio Valencia's talents and would have pushed Matteo Darmian for the number spot as right-back. However, he is no longer a Man United player and Lyon will find out for themselves how good Rafael is as they plan to go one better than last season and dethrone PSG as Ligue 1 champions.