Mikael Silvestre Signing

Mikael Silvestre

Mi­kael Samy Sil­vestre, born Cham­bray-les-Tours, Fran­ce, Au­gust 9, 1977. Mi­kael Sil­vestre star­ted out at Rennes be­fore join­ing Inter Mil­an where he would be­come a tower of strength to the club. As things turned out, he was bro­ught by Man­chester Uni­ted by Al­ex Fer­guson for a trans­fer fee of £4 mil­lion at the front end of the 1999-2000 sea­son and was giv­en his Pre­miership de­but in 3-2 vic­tory ag­ainst Liver­pool at An­field on the 11th of Sep­tember 1999.

Mi­kael Sil­vestre made an ex­cel­lent ad­di­tion to the Man­chester Uni­ted te­am as the highly ver­sat­ile per­former could be used at left back as well as in the middle of de­fence. As a Man­chester Uni­ted play­er, the un­flap­pable de­fender ac­cu­mu­lated 249 Pre­miership ap­pear­ances and won the Pre­mier Lea­gue in 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2000-03, 2000-07 and 2000-08, the FA Cup in 2004, the Foot­ball Lea­gue Cup in 2006, and the UEFA Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue in 2008. Wi­th the sign­ings of fel­low de­fenders Ne­manja Vid­ic and Pat­rice Ev­ra mid­way thro­ugh the 2005-06 cam­paign, how­ever, he be­came mar­gin­al­ised and ev­entually mo­ved on to long­time ad­versar­ies Arsen­al in Au­gust 2008. The French­man would stay wi­th The Gun­ners un­til the sum­mer of 2010 when he de­cided to sign wi­th Ger­man Bundes­liga te­am Wer­der Bre­men. He la­ter ap­peared for Ma­jor Lea­gue Soc­cer out­fit Port­land Tim­bers and In­di­an Su­per Lea­gue te­am Chen­naiy­in. A Fran­ce in­ter­na­tion­al, Sil­vestre made his seni­or de­but for the coun­try of his bir­th in a 1-0 friendly fix­ture tri­umph ag­ainst Ger­many at St­ade de Fran­ce on the 27th of Fe­bur­ary 2001 and pro­ceeded to play in 40 ga­mes for his na­tion. Mi­kael Sil­vestre: “When you can start a ga­me for Man­chester Uni­ted you don’t start moan­ing about which po­s­i­tion on the field.”

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