Ex-Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre has warned his old club against complacency ahead of tonight’s crucial Champions League fixture against Club Brugge.
The Belgian side visit Old Trafford in a crucial Champions League qualifying play-off and Silvestre is hoping Man United can stay focused and get the job done.
Silvestre, who made 249 appearances for United, wants the Reds to remain cautious and not take anything for granted despite the fact they are heavy favourites.
Speaking to Manutd.com, the ex-France international issued a cautionary message to the players. “Forget the fact there will be a lot of pressure from fans and media because, as a player, it is a competition you want to be playing in. You don’t want to be watching it on TV.”
Having been at United for almost a decade, Silvestre knows exactly what Champions League football means to the club.
He added: “It makes a big difference because the club belongs there. It’s up to the staff and the players to produce the football that is required to qualify.”
Silvestre echoed what manager Louis van Gaal said at his pre-match press conference, in terms of not underestimating their opponents.
“It’s certainly not a given,” he said.
“It’s good that you give yourselves a chance over two games and I am sure the team will be ready because, as a player, you just want to play in that competition.”
The tie against Brugge is hugely important for United given the catastrophic consequences they could face should they not get past this round. Champions League football is a must for United and Brugge are the last hurdle the Reds need to clear to be back where they belong.