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Silvestre ready to challenge Man Utd pal Evra

Fit-again Mikael Silvestre is ready to challenge Patrice Evra for a place in Manchester United's starting XI.

"Let's say that the coach offered me a gift, even if it could have been seen as a poisonous gift," Silvestre told L'Equipe of his comeback against Roma. "But I felt ready.

"And European football is better that a Premier League game to return, because in England it goes in all directions.

"We will see what is going to happen in the next games. We do not know. It permitted Evra to rest, he was a bit tired.

"Pat has advance on me because he was on his own at the position. We started with a rotation at the start of the season or we could even have played together, me behind, him at midfield.

"We will see. But I think the coach is delighted to see me. And I can bring a lot to the team."

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