Papers: Carlos the Great
United 5 Blackburn 3
Carlos Tevez left Old Trafford with his future looking secure. But Rovers boss Paul Ince followed him down the tunnel after this Manchester United masterclass with his very much in doubt. The scoreline flattered Rovers, who were totally outplayed last night with two of their goals coming in the last six minutes when the game was already up. Tevez landed three devastating blows to claim his first hat-trick in English football. As messages to the boss go, this was as good as it gets for a first-team recall. He has started just six league games so far as the arrival of Dimitar Berbatov has nudged him off centre stage after his 19 goals in United’s double last term. Yet last night this terrier-like striker would not stop chomping at the bit. Some top players cannot raise themselves for these Carling Cup games. Tevez saw it as an opportunity — and took it. Now the team selection for Saturday’s visit of Sunderland will be very interesting. Neil Custis, The Sun
There is widespread praise for Tevez's goalscoring exploits in the papers today, although many believe one of the Argentinian's four goals against Blackburn is up for debate. The Star
claims ex-Red Paul Ince's Rovers job is under threat after the Old Trafford defeat, but the Daily Mail
reports Sir Alex Ferguson is backing his former midfielder to beat the critics.
Elsewhere, there is coverage of United's decision to pass on the reduction in VAT to the club's 57,000 season-ticket-holders, while Patrice Evra is due to appear before an FA hearing into events that occurred after last season’s clash at Chelsea.