Mikael Silvestre claims that he turned down an offer from Liverpool to play for Manchester United instead.

Silvestre has stated that Gerard Houllier wanted him to sign for Liverpool. However, the centre-back could not refuse playing for  Manchester United, as they had just won the treble.

Silvestre ended up making his Manchester United debut at Anfield just days after turning down Liverpool’s offer.

Silvestre said, as quoted by Metro: “It (my debut) was actually two days after I arrived on Thursday afternoon. The gaffer picked me up at the airport and I stayed in the hotel for the night.

“I trained Friday morning and I was on the coach to Liverpool in the afternoon for a Saturday afternoon kick-off.

“I started, with (Massimo) Taibi as well, and we won 3-2 there. It was crazy also because Gerard Houllier tried to sign me a few days before. It was a roller coaster of emotions and getting the win was the best start ever.

“The offer (from Liverpool) was on the table but obviously at that time United was on top of the world. They had won the treble and I knew United because I had played against them with Inter the previous year in Champions League. I had a taste of Old Trafford and that was the right place for me to go.

“My English was a disaster to I didn’t care about the booing and the insults and everything else. I was just concentrating on the game.

“It was a great start, the atmosphere at Anfield is amazing it is one the best. Even if you are part of the opposition that gives you even more energy to go and fight for the results.”

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LYON, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 15: Mikael Silvestre of Manchester United holds off Pierre Alain Frau of Lyon during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Olympique Lyonnais and Manchester United at the Municipal de Garland Stadium on September 15, 2004 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

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Silvestre went on to have a pretty good career at Manchester United. The centre-back played a total of 361 games for the club. He scored 10 goals and registered 18 assists.

The aforementioned numbers do suggest that he would have been a handy player for Liverpool.

Silvestre also won eight trophies at Old Trafford, which does suggest that he did end up making the correct decision in joining them.

When Silvestre signed for Manchester United back in 1999, Liverpool had just come off a season where they finished seventh in the league.

As Silvestre has stated, Manchester United were coming off the treble. As hard as it is to admit, Manchester United were the more attractive option back then.

They were competing for the Premier League and the Champions League. From the time Silvestre joined Manchester United, it took Liverpool six years to claim one of those two trophies.

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