Mikael Silvestre (born August 9, 1977 in Chambray-Les-Tours) is
a French footballer, playing as a defender. He currently plays
for Manchester United F.C., as well as France internationally.
He began his career with the French club Rennes in the 1995/96
season. His time at the club helped build his reputation, and in
the 1997/98 season was signed by Inter Milan. He made 18 league
appearances for Inter, as well as 6 European Cup games.
Silvestre signed for Manchester United F.C. on September 10,
1999 for £3,500,000.
Silvestre is adept as both a centre-back and a left full-back,
though he has stated that he prefers playing in the centre. His
first season at Manchester Utd was not exceptional; replacing an
injured Ronny Johnsen in the centre with Jaap Stam; but he has
since improved and is now a regular first team member, being
called up for France's national squad frequently. He received
criticism for his performance in Euro 2004, where he gave away
penalties to both England and Croatia, before France were
knocked out by Greece in the quarter-finals.
Silvestre's most positive attribute is his pace, and he often
sets up scoring opportunities. He is also noted for his crossing
and tackling abilities. His place in the starting line up has
been put in jeopardy by the arrival of fellow defenders Nemanja
Vidic and Patrice Evra. Wes Brown's return to form has done
little to help Silvestre's opportunities in the back line.