Mikael Silvestre rates Man Utd and Arsenal’s top four chances and talks Anthony Martial
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Mikael Silvestre thinks Manchester United will finish above Arsenal and qualify for the Champions League. Speaking exclusively to Express Sport, the 44-year-old also opened up on Anthony Martial. And he feels the Frenchman needs to knuckle down to show what he’s capable of.
Manchester United have endured a rough season so far.
They went into the campaign full of optimism, especially after the summer signings of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, United have won just eight of their 16 matches so far this term – drawing three and losing five.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked at the end of last month after struggling to arrest his side’s slump, with Ralf Rangnick since coming in as his replacement.
Now, United are fighting to finish in the top four.
They currently trail Arsenal by five points but have two games in hand, with matches against Brentford and Brighton put on hold because of the coronavirus crisis engulfing the country.
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Arsenal have been flying recently, losses to United and Everton aside, with Mikel Arteta’s team recovering from a shaky start to the season.
Silvestre played for both clubs during his glittering career.
And the Frenchman thinks United have the edge over Arsenal when it comes to Champions League qualification due to the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Ah that question,” Silvestre laughed, speaking to Express Sport via Freebets.com.
“I’m going to pick Manchester United. Arsenal are in form but I’m going to pick Manchester United.
“They have better players and they have Cristiano Ronaldo, they have England’s second captain in Harry Maguire and they’ve got leaders that are dying to win trophies.”
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Also discussed was Martial.
The France international was tipped for the top when he signed for the club from Monaco back in 2015, when Louis van Gaal ruled the roost.
Yet Martial’s time at Old Trafford has been hampered by inconsistency, leading to talk he could leave the Red Devils in January.
Sevilla appear to be the new frontrunners in the race to clinch his signature, with Barcelona, Newcastle and Juventus also being linked.
And Silvestre has urged Martial to improve his form in training, while also suggesting a move away could be best.
He added: “I know what it’s like when you feel you’re not loved or appreciated, you feel a need to move on.
“But if you’re top, the manager will play you. Top in training, top on the pitch.
“You’ve got to show it in training, if not it’s easy to find excuses.
“It’s important for him to play. Especially because I think he wants to go to the World Cup.”
On the subject of the World Cup, England are considered as one of the favourites to win the prize.
The Three Lions made the final of the European Championships back in the summer, losing to Italy at Wembley in an agonising penalty shootout.
But despite England making good progress under Gareth Southgate, Silvestre doesn’t think they’re guaranteed to go all the way.
“I don’t think England are amongst the favourites because you guys always find a way to screw it,” he laughed.
“England have good players and they have a good manager in Gareth [Southgate].
“He’s done well to bring the squad together. I think [in previous years] there have been splits with Manchester United players, Arsenal, Chelsea players.
“They are doing better than before.”
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