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Obertan set for United reserves bow

October 12, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Manchester United new-boy Gabriel Obertan will make his long-awaited appearance in Red Devils colours when he turns out for United's reserve side at Hyde on Monday night.

GettyImagesObertan played under former United defender Laurent Blanc at Bordeaux.

20-year-old Obertan was snapped up from Bordeaux in the summer by Sir Alex Ferguson, who had been attracted by the player's potential and received positive reports from the player's club boss, former United defender Laurent Blanc.

The French winger's career has stalled in recent times due to injury and almost as soon as Obertan had completed his £3million move to the Old Trafford outfit, Ferguson revealed he would be sidelined for a matter of months after developing spinal problems.

However, the player is now ready for action and will make his bow in a Manchester Senior Cup tie against Oldham this evening.

Also included is Brazilian full-back Rafael Da Silva, who returns to action after undergoing shoulder surgery at the beginning of the season. The teenager made a significant impression with United last term, amassing 28 first-team appearances and scoring a memorable goal at Arsenal last November.

Rafael will be joined in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side by brother Fabio, who has already been called upon three times by Ferguson this term.