Mikael Silvestre rejected Liverpool to sign for Manchester United

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Gerard Houllier experienced disappointment when Liverpool couldn’t secure the signing of Mikael Silvestre. His frustration heightened when Silvestre joined Manchester United and debuted at Anfield just two days from then.

After an impressive season with Inter Milan, the French defender garnered interest from top sides. However, when Sir Alex Ferguson made a phone call, the decision to turn down other offers became challenging.

In the previous season, Silvestre faced United while playing for another team that ultimately won the Champions League and a memorable Treble. Although he missed the quarter-final first leg at Old Trafford, his impressive performance in the rematch at the Giuseppe Meazza caught attention.

How did Silvestre become of the most successful players at Old Trafford?

When Marcello Lippi, the Inter manager, brought in another wing-back, Grigoris Georgatos, the competent defender was looking for other opportunities.

Silvestre after coming to Old Trafford subsequently became a pivotal player. Thus, missing only one Premier League fixture as Manchester United secured the title in his debut season with the club.

Silvestre not only showcased his reliability at centre-back but also excelled predominantly as a left-back. His attacking contributions with rampages up the flank were highly successful. Thus, highlighting his endurance and exceptional talent as a ball-playing defender.

In his second season, Silvestre continued his success, securing his second consecutive league title with impeccable performances. Throughout the following five seasons, he maintained an average of 50 matches per campaign. As an unsung hero in Ferguson’s United side, the French defender consistently appeared, solidifying his role as a dependable member of the squad.

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