And the new United man has been discussing the prospect of playing against Silva, rather than with him.
He told EN24 News: "It will be great to be able to find him on the pitch. Thiago is very professional, because he works so hard in training and in the pre-match warm-ups. Well, it won't be easy!
"It will be complicated because he is a very good central defender and an excellent footballer.
"But it will still be a great experience."