Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1 | Barclays Premiership | Monday 20 September 2004
This was by no means a classic match in a classic season - Sir Alex Ferguson's men started the campaign with just one win in five league games and unusually ended it without a trophy. Even as Silvestre himself recalls, "I produced better performances as a defender" but it was nonetheless still a "wonderful night" for the Frenchman as he notched the only double of his career.
All the damage was done in the air, with the unchallenged Silvestre meeting a setpiece in each half from Ryan Giggs. In between, Liverpool levelled when another header, from Steve Finnan, went in off John O'Shea. Rio Ferdinand returned from an eight-month ban to help the hosts win. "But if the spotlight was on him before the game, it was on me afterwards!" adds Silvestre in Sunday's United Review, the official match programme.
United: Carroll; Brown, Ferdinand, Silvestre, Heinze; Ronaldo, O'Shea, Keane, Giggs; Scholes (Smith, 85); van Nistelrooy. Subs not used: Ricardo, P Neville, Kleberson, Fletcher.