Silvestre happy with spirit
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mikael Silvestre is certain Man Utd have the spirit to overcome their current problems.Mikael Silvestre is certain Manchester United have the spirit to overcome their current selection difficulties ahead of their Premiership opener against Chelsea.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson took an under-strength squad to Romania for Wednesday's UEFA Champions League qualifier against Dinamo Bucharest.
The Red Devils ground out a 2-1 victory with a resilient display and Silvestre feels that is an indication of the togetherness within the squad.
"You have to show spirit when you are playing in adversity, against injuries and bans and everything else," said Silvestre.
"We have been missing a lot of players but that's when you show how good you are."
The French defender also fired out a warning to United's Premiership rivals Chelsea ahead of Sunday's showdown at Stamford Bridge.
Silvestre feels the big-spending Blues still have some way to go before they can match the spirit which has been fostered at Old Trafford.
He added: "Even if you buy top international players, you need a spirit in the dressing room.
"You don't get that in one month even if you are living and working together 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
"We have been there before. We all know each other and we have a great spirit and hunger to win this title.
"Chelsea proved last season they are capable of challenging Arsenal and ourselves for the title. But they've got a new team again so they have to work hard again under a new manager."
Meanwhile, reports are suggesting United striker Louis Saha faces a longer absence than the club had initially anticipated.
Ferguson was expecting the France international to miss the opening three weeks with a knee complaint but speculation claims he could be out until Christmas.