City reject Tevez transfer request

Carlos Tevez clashes with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini

Carlos Tevez clashes with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini

Manchester City have released an official statement confirming reports that Carlos Tevez has handed in a transfer request, and the club revealed they have rejected the striker’s demand.

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Mancini faces fans fury

Carlos Tevez makes way for Gareth Barry in a seemingly bizarre substitution by under pressure Man City manager Roberto Mancini

Carlos Tevez makes way for Gareth Barry in a seemingly bizarre substitution by under pressure Man City manager Roberto Mancini

Manchester City 0 – 0 Birmingham

Roberto Mancini felt the full weight of frustration as his Manchester City side were booed off after their second goalless draw in four days at Eastlands.• Mancini doesn’t feel any pressureJust as against Manchester United on Wednesday, the entertainment value was sadly lacking, except this time City were playing against a side who could be in the bottom three by tomorrow evening.James Milner came closest to breaking the deadlock, 15 seconds after the interval, when his shot was cleared off the line by Stephen Carr.It was not impressive stuff though for a side who, whilst remaining in a Champions League position, have now won just one match from their last five Premier League outings and have not scored a league goal on home soil since the beginning of October.That Mancini compounded this by taking crowd favourite Carlos Tevez off before the end, and replacing him with Gareth Barry, just heightened a sense of unhappiness at the sight of an obdurate Birmingham outfit heading back down the M6 with a precious point. Read more of this post

Evra confident of seeing off City

Patrice Evra expects to get the better of Carlos Tevez on Wednesday

Patrice Evra expects to get the better of Carlos Tevez on Wednesday

Patrice Evra says it will be “normal” if Manchester United triumph over City in the derby on Wednesday.

Patrice Evra, Carlos Tevez

United go into the game at Eastlands with a three-point lead over City, despite the visitors having spent more than £250 million on players since the 2008 takeover, and Evra has no doubt that United still reign supreme.

“They always say that [they are bigger than us] and they never beat us,” he said. “If we win it’s a good result for Manchester United, but it will be normal – it will not be so special.

“We need to win every game now. We don’t just need to win against City – we are looking to win the league. When we start the season we think about winning every game.

“I can say it would be nice to beat City because it’s a special game. It’s the derby and everyone wants to win, but it’s not the priority. The priority is to win the league but make sure we don’t lose the derby.”

Meanwhile, Carlos Tevez has said he is disappointed Wayne Rooney did not follow him to Eastlands.

Rooney had been strongly linked with a move to City after he confirmed he wanted to leave United due to the club’s failure to bring in quality, established players, but he then signed a new long-term deal at Old Trafford. Read more of this post

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