Former defender linked with shock return to Man United

Former Manchester United defender, Mikael SilvestreMikael Silvestre has been spotted training with Manchester United, as the club suffers a defensive injury crisis, The Metro reports.

Rio Ferdinand and Johnny Evans remain the only two fit central defenders, with Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, and Nemanja Vidic all on the treatment table.

Silvestre spent nine years at United, before moving to North London rivals, Arsenal in 2008 and spent two years at the club before being released.

The 35-year-old has been without a club since being released by Werder Bremen in the summer and it has led to rumours that he could re-sign to provide emergency cover in the side.

United are still licking their wounds, following a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Spurs yesterday – their first loss to Spurs in over 10 years and the first at Old Trafford since 1989.

Patrice Evra was aggrieved with the manner of the loss and believes the side had problems mentally focusing for the game.

“The game lasts for 90 minutes and we deserved to lose because we played for only 45 minutes. And when you concede three goals at Old Trafford it is not good enough to win a game.

“I think the problem is about our head. It looked like we stayed in the hotel today. In the first 45 minutes there was no speed, no focus and we didn’t win many challenges,” he said.

The Red Devils will be hoping to bounce back quickly tomorrow night, away against CFR Cluj in the Champions League.

Sir Alex Ferguson has decided to leave out Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Antonio Valencia from the squad for the trip to Romania.