Dimitar Berbatov urges Manchester United to complete loan signing of Carlos Tevez

Carlos Tevez

Dimitar Berbatov has called on Manchester United to re-sign Carlos Tevez on loan this month.

Tevez was linked with a sensational return (opens in new tab) to Old Trafford earlier this week after Marcus Rashford was ruled out for three months with a double stress fracture in his back.

And Berbatov believes his former United (opens in new tab) team-mate, who currently plies his trade with Boca Juniors, could help United get back on track.

"There have been reports linking Carlos Tevez back to United on loan, I say why not?! When you have these loan deals it's good to get someone who knows the place, knows the situation of the club and the fans," he told Betfair (opens in new tab).

"Of course, he went to Man City (opens in new tab) but I'm sure the fans would welcome him back. If there is some truth in the story then it's something that needs to be carefully thought about, the pros and cons need to be weighed up. But, if there's no other option, this could be the right one.

"In the dressing room, he was quiet, a bit like me, but that's not always important. We all saw what he was like on the pitch, he would run like crazy, fight for his team, score goals and he would never give up until the final whistle and you could say that is what United need now.

"There's no one in the team that can bully someone from the opposition like Tevez, or Roy Keane, who would also rip your throat out if you didn't work hard for the team. Maybe they do need Carlos Tevez for that reason, he always had that quality of shouting and fighting for the team.

"When he made the switch to City I didn't pay much attention to it and I don't think many others did. It was a professional business way of doing things, yes he went to our rivals but it was his decision and we all said good luck to him.

"As a professional, I respected all my team-mates and players that I played against, so whatever they did was their own business. You need to respect and admire someone that plays for their club and gives everything for them. Many players have switched allegiances throughout their careers and I don't think it's a big deal in modern football anymore."

United face Tranmere in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.


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Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).