Silvestre welcomes double Chelsea challenge

May 2, 2008

Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre is relishing the end-of-season showdown with Chelsea.

United are level on points with the Blues at the top of the Premier League and will face them in the Champions League final in Moscow on May 21.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side have a vastly superior goal difference in the league and look to have the easier run-in, with games against West Ham at Old Trafford on Saturday and Wigan away the following week.

Chelsea face a tricky trip to Newcastle followed by a home climax against Bolton, and will be playing catch-up with their trip to Tyneside not until Monday.

Silvestre, who returned to the side in the Champions League against Roma last month after seven months out with a knee injury, is looking forward to playing his part in the run-in.

He said: 'I have been working hard to get back in shape and anything that happens from now until the end of the season is a big bonus for me.

'In football, you can lose everything or win everything. It is really important we do our job until the end and win the double.'

Silvestre admitted his side's 1-0 win over Barcelona at Old Trafford to set up the dream Moscow final against Chelsea had come despite a frantic final few minutes.

'Although we were a bit nervous near the end, we had the edge over Barcelona,' he insisted.

'You could see on Paul Scholes' face how much it meant to him to get to the final. He deserved it.'

Ferguson has already indicated Wayne Rooney will feature at Old Trafford on Saturday after missing the Barcelona clash with a hip injury picked up in last weekend's league defeat at Chelsea.

Nemanja Vidic is expected to be ruled out due to concussion he suffered at Stamford Bridge but Patrice Evra should recover from a knock in time to play.