Silvestre agrees new deal
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Silvestre's current deal expires in the summer and he has been holding out for a deal that is right for him.
The 25-year-old Frenchman has impressed recently as a centre half during Sir Alex Ferguson's injury problems, and he is to be rewarded with a new long-term contract.
There had been fears that Silvestre could have chosen to walk away from Old Trafford as a free agent but he has agreed in principal on a new contract and just has a few minor details to sort out.
"We have agreed a deal with Mikael. There are just one or two things left to sort out," Ferguson told The Sun.
"It is a relief to get it all done at last. He has become a very mature defender, has a great amount of enthusiasm for the game and has shown a lot of experience and passion in his play.
"These are the reasons we wanted to keep him for another four years."
Meanwhile, Welsh winger Ryan Giggs has pledged his future to the club amid reports that he could leave to join Internazionale.
Rumours had grown that he could be the target of a big-money bid from Italy during the winter transfer window, but Giggs insists he is happy at Old Trafford.
"I love playing for United," said Giggs. "I am a United supporter, it's as simple as that.
"I am settled here and I have no ambitions to move away. This is one of the biggest clubs in the world and I can fulfil any dreams I have here.
"The day I don't enjoy playing for United is the day I give up football."