Fabio da Silva began playing football at a very young age, like most Brazilians it would seem.
By 11 years of age, he and twin brother Rafael were spotted by Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro.
In 2005, aged 15, the pair were identified by Manchester United's Academy Manager as bright prospects while playing in a tournament in Hong Kong and were invited to train with the Club.
Fabio was Brazil's captain and top-scorer in the Under-17 World Cup finals in Korea in 2007, prior to him and his brother officially joining United in the summer of 2008.
Fabio made his debut in a 2-0 friendly win over Peterborough that August, aged 18.
The left-back's competitive debut came in a 2-1 FA Cup fourth round win over Tottenham Hotspur in January 2009, while his Premier League bow arrived in August 2009 when he featured on the opening day of the season against Birmingham in a 1-0 victory.
Fabio made a total of 11 appearances in all competitions in 2009/10 for United and followed that up with 25 more outings - including two goals - in 2010/11.
In 2011/12, Fabio made 15 appearances, predominantly in the League Cup and European competitions, and will now be looking to gain vital First Team experience here at QPR.