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Name Mikael Silvestre
Gender Male
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
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Club as Player Manchester United

2015 11 27 Retrieve

[on Roy Keane] Roy Keane was a constant leader on the field, no matter what type of game we played. Even in training, he was driven by his determination. He had the passion and desire to win and had all the attributes of a leader, by voice and by performances

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[on Patrick Vieira] When you have a back four protected by a Vieira [. . .], there is little the opposition can do. Patrick brought a dimension and presence. He was a warrior, a box-to-box player

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[on Rio Ferdinand] Rio Ferdinand was so calm and composed. He read the game so well and his technique was superb. There is no panic from him and that is what you need at the back. If the defence is shaky, it brings negativity to the whole team. Rio’s main attribute was bringing a balance to the side

2020 03 12 Retrieve

[Mikael Silvestre has backed William Saliba to make an instant impression at Arsenal] Defensively he’s strong so he’ll be looking to impress in pre-season. He’ll need to adapt in that period, but he has enough time to learn from the Arsenal staff and players. He’s still very young but has great experience from his time in Ligue 1. He’ll continue to learn from the current centre-backs, but he’ll have a big part to play from day one

I met Saka recently and congratulated him on his fantastic season. We need to remember it’s all very new to him in defence, so he’s needed to learn fast. At the back, if you make a mistake, you’re almost certain to be punished. He’s still learning, especially in his decision making and positioning in the defensive third. He’s got all the attributes to be a great modern full-back - strong going forward and combining with the winger on the left. He has competition for his place with Kolasinac and Tierney, but it’s a big plus for the club

[Regarding Arteta’s start to life at the Emirates Stadium] Arsene Wenger’s departure has seen a similar period at Arsenal to when Sir Alex Ferguson departed Manchester United. It’s a tough transition, but Arteta has now come in and he’s unbeaten in eight games. The players are now understanding his philosophy and you can see the methods he wants to put in place at the club. One key difference is in the transition from defence to attack. In the past few games, you can still see a lack of consistency in performance. There is no magic formula to get it right straight away, so the best is still to come for Arsenal under Arteta. They’re on the right path but they need to retain key players [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and [Mesut] Ozil for next season. A player like Ozil is suited to the way Arteta plays, so we will continue to see the best of him

2020 03 12b Retrieve

[Former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre says Pogba will have been convinced Man Utd is the right place to be] Whether Paul Pogba stays or goes will remain an unanswered question until the end of the season. The great dynamic in the team at the moment will have convinced him that Manchester United is the right place to be and they are a club moving forward. But there are still a lot of points to play for, so it depends if the form continues and they manage to get Champions League qualification. Either way, it will be a massive positive for United if they manage to keep Pogba for next season

Anthony Martial has taken full advantage of his opportunity up front in the last few weeks. With Marcus Rashford out injured he needed to step up, and he’s been scoring important goals for the team. You can see the improvements in his finishing and movement up front. An important factor is Bruno Fernandes as he’s started playing behind Martial. It’s provided him with more chances and assists than in the past. Martial is more than just a No.9 and if he continues his good form, he’ll be an important player for France at Euro 2020. He’s a modern striker, so he can play as a winger or as a striker. He’s not an old-fashioned striker. As he likes to pick up the ball deeper and take on defenders

2020 03 18 Retrieve

[Mikael Silvestre says Perhaps Ronaldo will come!] Becks will definitely have the reach to bring big in names because of who he is and what he can do, and the connections and network he has. should be seeing some very big names at Inter Miami in the near future. Perhaps Cristiano [Ronaldo] could come!

[Henry is looking to put a disastrous spell at the helm of Monaco behind him, and Silvestre has backed him to flourish at his new club] Thierry Henry, because he knows the league so well should do well in Montreal. He’s got the experience of playing in MLS not from not too long ago and knows the structure of the league. This time, unlike at Monaco, he’s had the team through pre-season and knows the players well. He was in the middle of the storm last year after [Leonardo] Jardim’s departure. It’s a long, long season in MLS now; he has the potential to do well and qualify for the play-offs, they can put some form together

[Silvestre’s former side Portland endured a disappointing start to the season] Portland always start slow for some reason, I don’t expect any difference this year. Somehow, they’re always there or thereabouts for the MLS play-offs. I love to go and watch games there, they have amazing fans and a huge new stand. I must go sometime soon

2020 04 09 Retrieve

[Former Red Devils defender Mikael Silvestre says Paul Pogba’s ‘head is not at Manchester United anymore’] We have to wait and see but it doesn’t look like his head is at United anymore. I saw him before the lockdown and he looked happy, everyone is behaving like normal with him. He is part of United so if he was to stay there it wouldn’t be an issue, I just hope we see the best out of him. He should be at his peak right now with his age and his experience with United and France. It would be nice to see him in midfield with Bruno Fernandess

2020 04 30 Retrieve

[Mikael Silvestre says Cristiano Ronaldo is not as fearsome as his Brazilian namesake] You called him ‘El Fenomeno’ then. I played against [Lionel] Messi and I played with Cristiano at Manchester United, but he [Ronaldo] is something else in terms of speed. Everything is top level [with Ronaldo]. Cristiano, maybe you can guess that he has three or four tricks he would use most of the time, but Ronnie, it was always something different. He was inventing things on the spot, so you can’t guide him left or right because he’s going to get out of these situations, no matter what. He could score from any type of position. He was playing on one leg at some points and was still beating defenders all over Europe

2020 05 23 Retrieve

[Mikael Silvestre on David Beckham] Becks [David Beckham] had that ability to ping-pong a ball across a field, and he would land it on your chest where your tie would be

2020 05 23b Retrieve

[Mikael Silvestre says Wayne Rooney’s arrival at Manchester United generated the same level of excitement as Cristiano Ronaldo] When I heard we were signing him I was super, super happy. It was the same feeling as when we signed Cristiano the year before. You know you are getting someone that’s going to stay there for a while and perform, bring what you need to win trophies, which is scoring goals and creating chances. I think we were all really excited to sign one of the best young prospects around. For me, it meant an even harder test every day because I had to face him in training, but I loved that. I had always felt that it was better to face the likes of Wayne and Cristiano in training – before them it had been Ruud [van Nistelrooy], Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke, Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer], Teddy [Sheringham] – because I was a competitor and I always wanted to test myself against the best. Not only was he fast and clever, he was strong too. So was I and physicality, as a defender, is an important part of the game, so I was always looking forward to the challenge of facing him. He was great when he arrived, but he was always developing. He learnt a lot from the others, from Ole, Ruud, Louis [Saha], and like Cristiano he was a fast learner. He needed to bring consistency quickly into his game to be able to retain his place in the starting XI for United and England. He was, like the rest of us, a bad loser, and if you don’t want to lose then you always have to improve. He got that. He was always looking to improve his game.

When I sit down and think about the players I played with during my career, for my clubs and my country, it’s ridiculous. [Zinedine] Zidane, Ronaldo, Cristiano, [Roberto] Baggio, [Thierry] Henry, [David] Trezeguet, [Laurent] Blanc, [Javier] Zanetti, [Diego] Simeone, [Roy] Keane, [David] Beckham, [Paul] Scholes, [Ryan] Giggs, and that’s just a few of them. It’s a joke, but no question at all, when I sit down and think about the best of them, Wayne is among them. That’s not just because of his ability, but also because I know what it takes to play that long for United, the work behind the scenes that people don’t see and can’t even imagine. It might seem like the weekend comes, you put on your kit and do your magic, but no. He played for United for well over a decade and scored more goals for the club than anybody else. During that time, putting in all his effort for the club and the team, going up and down the field, defending like he did from the front, playing injured many times, giving his all for United. He was a true Red

2020 06 08 Retrieve

[Ex-Man Utd star Mikael Silvestre reveals how close he came to Anfield move] Marcello Lippi arrived at Inter and recruited another wing-back, Grigoris Georgatos, who was a bit older than me. My game time was going to diminish and I wanted to play. Gerard Houllier had been my coach at youth level in France, so we knew each other well, and he called to ask if I wanted to join Liverpool. He said he wanted me to play left-back for them, and that while the competition would be there, I was in a good position to start most games

Alex Ferguson phoned me a few days later to register his interest. The choice was easy to make, because United had just won the Treble. Sir Alex was like, ‘You’re going to play left-back and centre-back – I need you for both positions

I remember that I arrived in Manchester on a Thursday and by Saturday I had already played my first game – at Anfield, of all places, against Liverpool! That was madness: I didn’t even know my team-mates or speak the language well. On matchday, I had a brief chat with Houllier, who jokingly asked me, ‘Why didn’t you sign for us?’ But he said he understood my choice