Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

David Healy: Tevez will stay put

For me Manchester United were a bit fortunate on Wednesday night against Wigan.

They didn’t play that well on the night but dug out a result, showing exactly why they are champions.

Cristiano Ronaldo, fresh from his very public disapproval at being substituted against Manchester City, probably had one of his poorest displays of the season, yet still managed to play a part in Michael Carrick’s excellent winner.

That’s the thing about United. Even when they aren’t playing that well, they know how to score and know how to win.

I’ve been saying for a while now that the title race was over. The 2-1 win over Wigan virtually confirmed it.

United only require one point from their last two games to be champions again.

From a purely personal point of view I would prefer that they got it against the Tigers.

Regular readers will know that I am a big admirer of United, but I hope Arsenal beat them on Saturday.

That’s because then United would play their strongest side against Hull, who are battling with my club Sunderland to stay in the Premiership.

Arsenal have something to prove after their Champions League exit to United and it may be tighter than people think.

But I won’t be holding out too much hope because my hunch is that United will win the title at Old Trafford against the Gunners on Saturday and will then be able to rest a few star men at Hull ahead of the Champions League final.

I would hazard a guess that the team which started at Wigan, bar Rio Ferdinand coming in for Jonny Evans, will be the side that starts the European decider with Barcelona.

That would mean Carlos Tevez being left out of the starting line-up.

The Tevez scenario is a strange one because, as has been well documented, the player isn’t actually owned by a club.

What has also been well documented is that Tevez isn’t happy with his situation at United.

He wants to be first choice — don’t we all — but when you have players like Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov up front of course he’s not going to play all the time.

The big problem for Tevez is that he doesn’t start in the really big games.

When you see some of the stick that Berbatov takes for his languid approach, you know that lots of United fans would prefer to see the Argentine ahead of the Bulgarian in the side.

Tevez has that all action style, hunger, desire and enthusiasm that fans love.

I reckon despite all the speculation that Tevez will stay at Old Trafford and the main reason for that will be fan power.

Sir Alex Ferguson knows how much the supporters want him to stay and I feel he will do all he can to keep him.

I would add though that Tevez should seriously get used to not being picked all the time.

Oh, and I’d probably look at the goal celebrations as well.

Oh Bhoy, Gers may have blown it

I was flicking between the Manchester United game and the Rangers game on Wednesday night and have to say that the Ibrox men missed a massive chance in the SPL title race.

They did extremely well to beat Celtic in the Old Firm game last weekend and then undid all that good work by slipping up at Hibs.

They missed lots of opportunities and I’m not sure you can do that at this stage of the season and still end up as champions, especially when Celtic, in recent years, have made a habit of delivering at this stage of the season.

In midweek they managed to do their bit by beating Dundee United, but the Gers couldn’t follow suit against Hibs the next night, only drawing 1-1.

Yes, the Old Firm are level on points but Celtic are ahead on goal difference and that could prove vital with just two games left.

Rangers have to beat Aberdeen at Ibrox tomorrow. They would obviously love to score lots of goals doing that, but the first priority is the victory.

Do that and they will then hope that Celtic come unstuck against Hibs on Sunday.

Right now my heart may be saying Rangers but my head says Celtic.

On another note well done to my mate Steve Davis (right), not just for scoring the winner against Celtic which would have given him a huge buzz, but also for picking up the Players’ Player of the Year award at Rangers.

It’s great to be recognised by your peers and there’s no doubt from people I speak to, who watch Rangers on a regular basis, Davo deserves the prize.

Let’s down Pompey for a magic Monday

Unlike the race for the Premiership, the battle to avoid relegation is likely to go to the wire.

Hopefully though Sunderland will have secured our top flight status before the final week of the season.

We travel to Portsmouth on Monday night, which frankly is a bit ridiculous for our supporters, and hopefully lightning will strike twice for me.

It was at Fratton Park last season that Fulham stayed up, so maybe it could happen again.

Obviously all the Sunderland lads will be keeping a close eye on games on Saturday involving the likes of Newcastle and Hull, but ultimately we have to look after ourselves.

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