Tevez: "United are missing Ronaldo"

In the wake of Manchester City’s defeat to Manchester United, Carlos Tevez believes his former club is missing Cristiano Ronaldo.

“No-one is going to want to say it at Old Trafford, but United are missing Ronaldo,”

The Argentine, who crossed Manchester in the summer while Ronaldo was moving to Real Madrid, predicted that United were going to have to fight for their points this season as they no longer have their talisman.

“Their results have been favourable but Ronaldo is a real star and it shows when he is not there. Ferguson can't deny that.

“The gap left by Cristiano is enormous and very difficult to fill.

“People can make United the favourites but they will have to fight harder than they think for the three points.”

Tevez, whose transfer was shrouded in turmoil, was proved wrong when he predicted he wouldn't receive heckling from the home supporters as they booed him throughout the controversial clash, in which United came out 4-2 victors.

“I don't think people will boo me. The United fans are intelligent and they have recognised the work I put in on the pitch.

“They also know that I did not go for money but because I was not treated correctly in the last part of my second year at the club.

“I have nothing against the fans and I don't think they consider me to be a traitor.”