WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

04/12/2009 09:26

Papers: Tevez questions loyalty

Tevez: United let me down


Carlos Tevez says he does not deserve the abuse he gets from Manchester United fans because of the loyalty he showed to them. In fact, the Argentine believes it was United who failed to show him loyalty. Tevez's new club Manchester City face their fierce rivals United in what he describes as England's 'classico' in the semi-final of the Carling Cup. The last game between the two saw Tevez, 25, booed every time he touched the ball. He said: "Obviously I was disappointed, because I don't think I deserved to be treated that way. When I was there, I was a hard-working and loyal player who gave my all." Despite the way he feels he was treated by United and the abuse he received from their fans, Tevez insists he will still not celebrate if he scores. He said: "Obviously I'd be delighted to beat United and reach the final but I still have respect for the club. I won't celebrate if I score. I don't want to rub their noses in it."
Neil Custis, The Sun

The Times claims Rio Ferdinand is aiming to be back in action in early January, but accepts that he can no longer play in a quickfire succession of games due to his longstanding back injury.

England manager Fabio Capello is unflustered about Ferdinand's injury absence, however, and is quoted by The Sun as saying: "It's not a worry if Rio is not fit in January because he can be playing in March or April."

The Sun also picks up on Inside United's exclusive interview with Sir Alex Ferguson, in which the Boss cites Cristiano Ronaldo as his most important signing of the last 10 years. "Ronaldo was fantastic, just a marvellous player," said the Scot.

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