Former Red Devil Rafael has revealed why he believes Liverpool sensation Trent Alexander-Arnold will surpass Man Utd legend Gary Neville ‘by far’, and gave a cheeky response when asked about the Reds potentially being denied their maiden Premier League trophy.
Alexander-Arnold, 21, has dazzled at right-back since assuming the starter’s role midway through the 2017-18 season.
Contributing a whopping 30 assists in his last 80 games over the past two seasons, his attacking threat has changed the mindset about what a Premier League full-back should bring to the table.
Man Utd stalwart Gary Neville – who recently explained why the Premier League are so frightened of a potential restart – was no slouch himself.
The eight-time Premier League winner was known for his lethal right flank partnership with David Beckham on top of consistent error-free defensive displays.
However, ex-Red Devil Rafael – himself also a right-back – believes that the Liverpool star will go on to blow Neville out of the water if he is being honest with himself.
“Today I would pick Gary Neville but if Alexander-Arnold keeps doing what he’s doing he will pass Gary Neville by far,” the Brazilian told ESPN (via the Metro).
“At the moment he’s just destroying the Premier League with assists, with everything. I have to be honest.
“So if he keeps going like that he’s going to pass Gary Neville as a footballer.
“When Gary Neville was young he maybe didn’t have the same qualities, wasn’t doing the same things that Alexander-Arnold was doing but he kept doing what he did for 12-13 years in Manchester and England.
“I hope Alexander-Arnold keeps playing well, not against Manchester United for sure, but if he keeps doing that he will for sure pass Gary Neville.”
During Rafael’s time at Old Trafford, Man Utd not only matched Liverpool’s English record of 18 league titles, but surpassed the mark with numbers 19 and 20.
The Merseysiders appear set to move one step closer to Man Utd’s tally if the current season is able to resume, but the Brazilian would love nothing more than to see their hopes dashed in a null and void scenario.
Asked to reveal the highlight of his United career, the Brazilian told the club’s official website (via the Metro): “I always say that when you get to 18 titles, and when you pass Liverpool!
“Everybody’s talking about “stop the competition”, no? They don’t get to 20!
“It will be hard for them (if the Premier League is voided), great for us!
“But that (winning the 19th title in 2011) was my best moment.”