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Michael Taylor 16th Apr 2010 - 13:10

Back Tevez to show Fergie what he’s missing

For years and years Sir Alex Ferguson has been near perfect when it comes to showing players the Old Trafford door, unfortunately the one blot on his copybook - Carlos Tevez - could come back to haunt him big time this weekend.

Following his move from West Ham, Tevez found life at The Theatre of Dreams much to his liking with his work ethic and skill making him an instant crowd favourite despite seeing a lack of first team action.

United fans were desperate for the little Argentine to sign permanently, Fergie wasn't, leaving the door open for City rivals Man City to step forward and finally give them one over their long-term enemy.

Now though Tevez and his new side have a very serious opportunity to add the ultimate insult and end United's title dreams for the season while boosting their own standing as fourth place finish favourites.

It almost seems to be written in the stars that something special will happen at Eastlands on Saturday afternoon such is the way of football and the Premier League in particular this season.

Tevez is on fire; Rooney is struggling for fitness; Berbatov has been typically useless; Mancini is finding some consistency at last and United are on the ropes after defeat in the Champions League and a miserable draw at Blackburn.

Their title dreams might not be over yet but by 3pm Geoff Stelling and the crew could easily be in the midst of a relegation debate such would be the enormity of the task United have ahead if they drop further points.

It's unfair to the Citizens to simply highlight Tevez as the dangerman, especially since Adebayor has been impressive in recent weeks and the team as a whole has managed 14 goals in their past three games.

However Tevez has been the star and he'll be more determined than ever to hurt United, Ferguson and Gary Neville as well as leading his newly adoring fans on a Champions League journey of their own.

He'll have to find a way past the reformed (and excellent) partnership of Rio and Vidic, something that'll be a lot easier if he gets ample help from Adebayor, while he'll also rely on Gareth Barry and Nigel De Jong out-battling the likes of Darren Fletcher in the middle of the park.

For me though I think coach Mancini will be giving him every chance to shine which makes his 9/2 first goalscorer price look great value and, the one that I'm particularly excited about, the 7/1 about him grabbing 2 or more goals a must bet.

I also think, with a raucous full house behind them, City will be simply unstoppable in their quest to show what may be in store for the Big Four next season.

They disappointed in front of their fans against Everton but since then they've been a whole new matter attacking with fluidity, defending stoutly and breezing past whatever has been thrown at them.

Guaranteed they won't see anywhere near as much of the ball as they did against the likes of Birmingham, Burnley and Wigan however, as they say, if it isn't broke it doesn't need fixing and that should be the approach they adopt when it comes to getting forward here.

United, weakened by Rooney's absence obviously won't be at their most potent, they will though still press forward meaning I can't be the only person expecting goals in this one (maybe not as many as the seven in the first game between the sides this season though).

The best news is you can get a healthy looking 8/11 about more than 2.5 total match goals, while I think I'd even be tempted to take the 2/1 about more than 3.5 goals.

In the end though I struggle to see anything other than a City win - priced at 17/10 - and while I know ruling United out from any game is impossible, I can see the Red Devils maybe falling by 3-1 (18/1).

It's now over to Ferguson to completely prove me wrong.



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