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Mikael Silvestre

Mikael Silvestre
 
Complete Name: Mikael Silvestre
Nationality: French
Place of Birth: Chambray-Les-Tours, France
Date of Birth: August 9 1977
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 82 kg
National Team: France
Current Club: Manchester United
Position: Defender
 

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Club career history

Rennes (France), Inter Milan (Italy), Manchester United (England)
 

Honours

2001 Confederations Cup winner (France)
2003 Confederations Cup winner (France)
1999 Intercontinental Cup winner (Manchester United)
2000 Premiership Champions (Manchester United)
2001 Premiership Champions (Manchester United)
2003 Premiership Champions (Manchester United)
2004 FA Cup winner (Manchester United)
2006 League Cup winner (Manchester United)
2003 League Cup Finals (Manchester United)
 

Biography

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.
 

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