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29 November 2023

Fergusson unfazed as Tevez proves a point

Sir Alex does not regret allowing Tevez to leave Man United. (GETTY IMAGES)


Sir Alex Ferguson insisted he had no regrets about allowing Carlos Tevez to leave Manchester United despite the City forward scoring both goals in his new club's 2-1 victory in the first leg of the League Cup Cup semi-final. The return leg, at Old Trafford yesterday, is finely balanced after Tevez, with a controversial penalty, equalised Ryan Giggs' opening goal before scoring the second half winner.

In a tie full of ill-feeling between the two old rivals, police were investigating claims that a cigarette lighter was thrown at United defender Patrice Evra during the second half and of cases of missiles being thrown by supporters at each other.

Further, Tevez made a "Be quiet" gesture at former team mate Gary Neville on the United bench after scoring his goal, with the defender being photographed making an obscene gesture at Tevez in response. The Football Association confirmed they will look at the matter before deciding whether to take any further action.

The dispute between the two players seemed to stem from comments made by Neville on the day of the game claiming United were correct to allow Tevez to leave. Tevez was central to much of the animosity, and much of the on-field drama, and has now scored 13 goals in his last 11 games although Ferguson claimed he does not regret the decision not to stand in the way of him leaving the club and moving to City.

"That's just the way it happens," said Ferguson.

"It can be like that. It can bite you. We've had a few players leave the club and score against us. It's not an issue. I'm happy with the players we have.

"It will be a Man United crowd at Old Trafford and with the occasion and what is at stake we will be okay."

For opposite number Roberto Mancini, his first taste of a Manchester derby was one to remember although the City manager was in no mood to become embroiled in the current controversy.

"Carlos played a big game very well. He scored two important goals, but we played very well after 1-0," he said.


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