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Tevez 'trying too hard'
Carlos Tevez told to calm down as Man Utd face Hull on a busy Saturday in the EPL.
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2008 21:05 GMT

Tevez was involved in the 2-0 win over West Ham in midweek [GALLO/GETTY]
Alex Ferguson has told Carlos Tevez not to waste energy trying to prove he is good enough for Manchester United.

The Argentine forward has become the odd man out in United's strike force this season with Wayne Rooney and $48million signing Dimitar Berbatov the first-choice forwards for the English Premier League champions.

Not following orders

Tevez was handed only his fourth league start of the season in the 2-0 win over West Ham United on Wednesday and in his attempt to impress failed to follow team orders.

"On Wednesday, I wanted to see how the combination of Berbatov and Tevez was together," Ferguson said on Friday.

"But Carlos was so wound up to do well himself that they became two different parts.

"Carlos was so keen to do well he used up too much energy, but it is not a bad thing to try too hard.

"I think they will be far better tomorrow, if I pick them."

United, in sixth place six points behind leaders Liverpool with a game in hand, play the Premier League's surprise package Hull City on Saturday.

Scolari revenge

Keane was a thorn in Scolari's side as a player for Manchester United [GALLO/GETTY]
Chelsea coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has waited nine years for revenge when his team takes on Roy Keane's Sunderland on Saturday.

As a player Keane scored for Manchester United against Scolari's Brazilian team Palmerias to win the 1999 World Club Championship 1-0 in Tokyo.

Scolari hasn't forgotten.

"(Keane) was a fantastic player and he scored that goal from a Ryan Giggs cross. I remember it very well, it's there in my mind," the Brazilian coach said on Friday.

"Maybe tomorrow I will have the chance to win a game against him."

Scolari will finally have striker Didier Drogba on the bench after the Ivory Coast striker spent most of the season in the treatment room with a damaged knee, though he is unlikely to play if Chelsea are ahead in the game.

Thigh problem

Portugal defender Ricardo Carvalho, who pulled up during Chelsea's 3-0 midweek away win over Hull, will be out for a month with a thigh muscle problem.

Scolari said Germany captain Michael Ballack, still nursing a foot injury, had been given permission on Thursday to return home for talks with the German federation and coach Joachim Loew.

Ballack, 32, criticised Loew earlier this month over team selection, sparking a huge dispute in Germany.

Sunderland manager Roy Keane has promised "one or two surprises" in his lineup to face Chelsea.

Keane was unimpressed by the defeat at Stoke in midweek and accused his team of lacking workrate.

"I'm still angry about Wednesday," he told the club's website.

Gallas doubt

Arsenal could be without their captain against Stoke [GALLO/GETTY]
Arsenal could be without William Gallas and Emmanuel Eboue for the visit to Stoke City on Saturday after "niggles" they picked up in Wednesday's 4-4 draw with Tottenham.

Captain Gallas has a recurrence of a hamstring problem while Ivorian defender Eboue is struggling with his knee, manager Arsene Wenger told Arsenal TV.

"It looks like Gallas will be out and maybe Eboue too," Wenger said.

Blackburn Rovers striker Roque Santa Cruz and defender Andre Ooijer will miss the away trip to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, Rovers said on their website.

Paraguayan Santa Cruz suffered a minor calf tear during the warmup before the midweek game with Aston Villa, while Ooijer has been ruled out with a knee problem.

Middlesbrough defender Justin Hoyte is ready to return for the home clash with West Ham United on Saturday after missing the last three matches with a thigh injury, the club said on their website.

Egypt striker Mido will be assessed just before the game after missing two matches with a groin injury.

Mido's compatriot Mohamed Shawky faces three weeks out after the midfielder suffered a thigh injury.

Other matches see Everton take on Fulham, Wigan Athletic travel to Portsmouth, West Brom host Blackburn and Spurs look to continue their recovery against Liverpool.

Bolton and Manchester City play on Sunday, with Newcastle hosting Aston Villa on Monday.

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