Silvestre downbeat on title chances
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Red Devils reduced the gap at the summit to two points with victory at Aston Villa as Arsenal slipped to defeat at Blackburn on Saturday.
With a clash of the titans still to come at Highbury in April, the destiny of the Premiership crown is still undecided with Newcastle United also waiting in the wings.
But French defender Silvestre feels it is a forlorn hope to expect The Gunners to err again, particularly as they have an easier run-in than The Red Devils.
"These results are not a turning point," insisted Silvestre. "We are not really expecting Arsenal to slip up again this season.
"We have eight league matches left to play and our remaining matches are tougher than theirs.
"However, the title race has been revived and the English bookies will devote themselves to it to their heart's content."
Silvestre also revealed how he is plagued by ankle trouble, after injuring the joint during the gritty success at Villa Park.
The speedy defender will miss the Champions League tussle with Deportivo La Coruna on Tuesday with the problem and he admits he must work on strengthening the muscles.
He added: "I find myself getting a couple of sprained ankles every season.
"That is because of a chronic weakness in the joint and I will have to do some serious work to strengthen the muscles."