Date: 24th December 2011 at 12:12am
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9 years is a long time.

It is especially long in footballing terms, but when you spend 9 years at one of the best football clubs in the world, presumably time flies.

joined Manchester in 1999 and by the time he left in 2008 he had won 5 League Titles, 1 European Cup, 1 FA Cup, a League Cup and an Intercontinental Cup.

Not a bad haul at all.

Silvestre eventually moved on to , so can lay claim to having played under two great managers but who was the best and how good was his time at ?

Speaking to Sport 360, the former defender mused:

“I spent nine years with United and I believe I was coached by one of the best not only in sport, but in terms of management style.

is the best and at United I had this chance to play under him and with some of the best players in the world.

“And it was a very good time. We won all the trophies you can win in and in Europe and it was a successful time for me.”