Noureddine Naybet has distanced himself from media reports claiming that he believes Manchester United are in decline.
"I would never be that disrespectful to any club," said Naybet as he prepared for tomorrow's meeting with the men from Old Trafford.
"I have the greatest admiration for the club and was surprised and disappointed when made aware of the article. It is just not my style to criticise opponents in that way."
Meanwhile, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson agrees.
He said: "With his experience I would be surprised if he was to say something like that."