Silvestre coy on red card

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Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre insists there was nothing premeditated about his head-butt on Freddie Ljungberg during Tuesday's stormy Premiership showdown at Highbury.

The Frenchman was sent off in United's 4-2 victory at Arsenal and saw Jose Mourinho's Chelsea extend their advantage at the top of the Premiership table 23 hours later to 11 points.

"It's my first red card, it's just happened like this," he claimed. "There is nothing behind this.

"No, [it was not deliberate] it was like this. I don't know.

"I didn't enjoy the first half because the referee had to whistle all the time but when it kept going, the game was good."

Silvestre admits that Chelsea are looking championship-class at the moment.

"They've got the form of champions," he told Sky Sports News.

"If they keep that going, nobody can stop them.

"We're going to look at our games and make sure we win them. After that, we will see."

Silvestre has paid tribute to manager Sir Alex Ferguson and young striker Wayne Rooney.

"There's that power inside him [Ferguson] every day," he revealed. "He loves football and that's why he doesn't want to quit.

"He gives that energy to the players.

"We will have to discover what he [Rooney] is capable of. He's scoring some great goals at the moment but he's only young.

"[Cristiano] Ronaldo is the same so they will have a lot more success at United.

"Rooney's got that maturity already; he doesn't have a lot to learn which is amazing at his age."