Tevez forces Fergie rethink

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Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted a brilliant performance from Carlos Tevez has provided him with a major selection headache.

The South American scored at least three times - with a fourth still yet to be definitively credited to the Argentina forward - in an amazing 5-3 win against Blackburn which saw the Red Devils into this season's Carling Cup semi-finals.

"Carlos' commitment was absolutely brilliant," said Ferguson. "It was a marvellous effort to get four goals. It definitely makes my job more difficult, although it also makes the club stronger."

Tevez was equally delighted with the outcome and hopes it will lead to more regular action.

"I am very proud to score four goals," said Tevez. "It is the first time I have done it in my career and it is better because it came for Manchester United.

"I have not played very often, so I was looking forward to the game and I am happy with my performance."

Debate was still raging over Tevez's opener long after the final whistle. Fortunately, the outcome of his far-post duel with Aaron Mokoena, who may have got the final touch, cannot cost Tevez a hat-trick as he netted from the penalty spot just after the break and thrashed home another at the end.

In between, Tevez finished off the move of the match, started by Ryan Giggs' majestic back-heel and involving a series of passes between Anderson and his fellow South American, who was presented with a tap-in. Nani also got his name on the scoresheet even though United, just as they did against Hull a month ago, lost their concentration at 4-1.

They allowed their opponents to score twice, through a McCarthy second and one from Matt Derbyshire, and were, at one stage, fearing an equaliser.

"It was quite unbelievable at the end," said Sir Alex Ferguson. "We created a lot of chances and we got a bit careless because we don't want to be losing goals like that. But overall I am quite pleased."

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Ryan Giggs
Blackburn Rovers
Carlos Tevez
League Cup
Aaron Mokoena
Manchester United
Matt Derbyshire
Hull City

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