Mikael to fight on
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mikael Silvestre has vowed to fight for his place at Manchester United.
France defender Mikael Silvestre has vowed to fight for his place at Manchester United.
The 28-year-old is no longer guaranteed a regular start at Old Trafford following the January arrivals of Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra.
Silvestre was offered a route out of Manchester in January when Lyon came calling, but he opted to remain and fight for his place.
The decision appears to have been vindicated, as he has returned to the starting XI recently and the Frenchman has no plans to relinquish his shirt.
"Competition for places pushes you forward," he told MUTV.
"If you are prepared to fight, it is the best thing you can have. You cannot hide and you must always be prepared to give 100 percent. That is all the manager can ask of his players.
"I spent three games on the bench at United and I did not like it. I am a bad substitute anyway because I need to warm up for a long time to get into the game."
Silvestre is determined to secure a spot on the plane to Germany and feels a decent end to the season at Old Trafford will aid his cause.
"I don't want to be left behind at the training ground during international weeks," said Silvestre.
"I want to be part of the World Cup. At United, we are playing for second spot because we do not want to find ourselves in the qualifiers again. But the motivation to get in the French squad is also there.
"There are only 12 games to go, so there is not much time. I have to remain focused on what is happening at United and make sure I am at my best all the time, in training and in games."