Sir Alex Ferguson claimed today that he had been expecting Carlos Tevez since January after making an offer which was never responded to.

The manager claims he had called and text Tevez to try and sort out a deal but the player never got back to him. It was around the time that Manchester United played Inter Milan and Tevez’s international coach, Diego Maradona, spoke to the press about how the striker should consider playing for Inter Milan.

However, Ferguson believes we got value for money for the years that we did have and wishes him all the best for the future.

“I half expected that a long time back,” said Ferguson. “Maybe in January because I spoke to him and gave him an offer, I think it was on Inter Milan night and he never came back to me. I rang him on holiday, texted him twice and he never got back to me, so he had made his mind up. But he was a good player and he did well for us. It was a good arrangement for two years where we could assess the situation and he assessed us and he obviously wanted to go somewhere else and we wish him well.”