Carlos Tevez was on his magnificent best as Manchester United beat Blackburn 5-3 to progress to the Semi Finals of the Caring Cup.
United always looked on top with Carlos Tevez’s four-goal salvo, the first of his career and his first hattrick in England, sealed an impressive victory.
Since the arrival of Dimitar Berbatov in the summer, Tevez has struggled to tie down a starting place in the Premiership this season. However following last night’s performance, Tevez, one of 10 changes from the side who beat Manchester City last Sunday, has certainly given Sir Alex Ferguson something to think about.
Sir Alex praised the terrier-like Argentinian forward, as well as some of the younger United stars who were on show in last night’s win.
He told BBC Sport: ‘Tevez scored four times and produced a marvellous performance, as did Anderson and Jonny Evans’.
‘It definitely makes my job more difficult, although it also makes the club stronger’.
Tevez opened the scoring with a close-range header after 36 minutes, before setting up Nani for the second just four minutes later.
Blackburn substitute Benni McCarthy definitely made an impact on the game by pulling one back just after the break. However any possible comeback was scuppered just 3 minutes later when Tevez cooly slotted away a spot-kick past Paul Robinson to make it 3-1.
Tevez scored his third, United’s fourth’ on 54 minutes, following a sublime passing move which involved both Ryan Giggs and Anderson. The young Brazilian worked his way into a promising position before unselfishly sliding the ball across for Tevez to tap in for his hat-trick.
Derbyshire pulled another back for the away side with a great turn and finish past United stand-in keeper Ben Foster, before Tevez added a fifth in the final minute.
Tevez was himself delighted with his clinical finishing.
‘I’m proud to score four goals’, he told BBC Sport.
‘I have not played very often, so I was looking forward to the game and I am happy with my performance’, he added.
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