Carlos Tevez played from the start against West Ham last night, getting a whole 90 minutes under his belt. With his opportunities to play a full game coming few and far between at the moment, he will be disappointed that he didn’t shine last night.

In the pre-season and at the start of the season, Tevez was easily our best player. He was at the centre of everything and was lashing the ball towards the goal. We’ve seen little of this player in recent weeks which could possibly be attributed to his lack of time on the pitch.

United fans have been worried that if we don’t wrap up a deal soon, Tevez will be tempted to leave for Real Madrid and the like, fed up at his status as a bench warmer since the signing of Dimitar Berbatov.

Sir Alex Ferguson has moved to reassure these fans today, saying he has explained the situation to Tevez, who understands and is happy to play his part.

“I sat down with him only last week to stress that our faith in him is absolute and, that he remains a top player in the eyes of myself, the players and supporters,” said Ferguson. “It’s just that three players won’t fit into two positions and my job is to balance the team. It could be done against certain opposition, but it isn’t the real solution and we are doing so well I don’t want to meddle too much. Carlos understands this and I have explained that when the season really hots up we will need everyone.”