Sir Alex Ferguson does a favour for one of his former players
Mikael Silvestre is looking to finish his career in England’s top flight. The former French left-back spent nine seasons with the Red Devils, winning five Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the Champions League. The ex United and Arsenal defender has reunited with Manchester United, training with the club in the hope of regaining some fitness.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been more than accommodating to Mikael Silvestre, allowing him to train with the squad at United’s Carrington training ground.
Speaking to MUTV, Mikael Silvestre said : ‘I came a few weeks ago and had a chat with the gaffer just before the Capital One Cup game. I said I was coming back to Manchester until Christmas and he said (Sir Alex Ferguson), ‘Come and train and stay fit until you move to somewhere else.’
‘When you are training with the lads you feel like you are still capable of playing in the Premier League. I am fit, that is the main point, and I still have the hunger for the game. So this level is still the level that I am targeting.’
‘I have always kept in touch with the club and I almost know everybody here still. There have been some changes in my four years away but there is also a lot of continuity within the club.’
The former United player made 361 appearances for the Red Devils in his nine year spell with the club and believes that Patrice Evra could face some tough competition from Alexander Buttner in the very near future.
‘I only saw the highlights of the game when Alex started and scored [the 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic]. It doesn’t get better than starting at Old Trafford and scoring a goal.’
‘Patrice has been there and has been solid in this role, but there hasn’t been any cover for him so he has played a lot of games for United and France.’
‘That has demanded a lot of Patrice and it is important to keep the players on their toes and to have fresh legs.’