Tuesday, September 7, 1999 Published at 10:56 GMT 11:56 UK
Silvestre relishing Old Trafford future
Mickael Silvestre: Likely to make his decision on Tuesday
French defender Mickael Silvestre is set to complete his £4m move from Inter Milan to Manchester United this week - and he is desperate to make a mark on English football.
He said: "I'm going to answer my critics by showing exactly what I can do on the pitch.
"There were problems last season and I was criticised but a lot of time I was played out of position.
"Now I'm just looking forward to joining United and I don't believe I'm going there just to sit on the bench."
Silvestre, a central defender or left back, is currently on international duty with the French Under-21 squad.
An Inter spokesman confirmed that Liverpool had also made an offer for the defender but that the Italian club had accepted a higher bid from United.
On Monday, the Italian media reported that United had offered £4m for the defender, outbidding Liverpool whose French manager Gerard Houllier is a long-standing admirer of Silvestre.
Silvestre, who began his career with Rennes in France, made 18 Serie A appearances for Inter last season but his chances look to be limited this season following the arrival of Greek international left back Grigorios Georgatos.