The last thing United need at the moment, just a handful of matches away from possibly repeating the wonderful success of last season, is one of our players repeatedly talking to the press about their future away from the club. Even Cristiano Ronaldo has the good grace to keep telling the media to piss off and that he’s staying, so why is it so hard for Carlos Tevez to keep his mouth shut?

In this morning’s paper, Tevez was quoted as saying his goodbyes to United, but that he hoped to stick around in the Premiership.

“I didn’t read the papers,” said Ferguson. “You hear things… but, look, he is a Manchester United player. The fans love him. Our fans love triers. When players try, the fans love that.”

Asked when Tevez’s future would be sorted out, the boss responded curtly: “I’m not getting into that, OK?”