Fergie - Tevez is new Cantona
Sir Alex Ferguson has likened Carlos Tevez to Manchester United legend Eric Cantona.
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 04/03/08 8:46am
Sir Alex Ferguson has likened Carlos Tevez to Manchester United legend Eric Cantona ahead of the UEFA Champions League clash with Lyon on Tuesday.
The fearless way that Tevez has gone about his business in his first season at Old Trafford has reminded Ferguson of the Frenchman, who helped United to four league titles and two FA Cups before retiring in 1997
Ferguson believes Tevez's ability to score crucial goals is priceless and is hoping for another major contribution from the striker in the second leg against Lyon.
"Carlos reminds me of Eric Cantona in the way that he has a knack of rising to the occasion with a goal just when it's needed," Ferguson wrote in the match programme.
"He often comes up with the goods away from home when you are up against it. I don't think anything fazes him and he keeps his cool in the box.
"Tevez is proving a master at scoring the really important goals - the ones that give you a win or a draw, especially away from home.
"He did it at Tottenham to salvage a point as he made the result 1-1. He scored for a 1-0 win at Liverpool and now he has rescued us again by finding the net late and nullifying Lyon's lead."
Tevez's late goal in France puts United in a good position to finish the job at home and progress to the quarter-finals at Lyon's expense.
The onus will be on Lyon to attack as they have to score at least once to have any chance, but Ferguson insists his side will still approach the match in a positive manner.
He said: "Lyon will come knowing they have to get a goal, which they are capable of.
"Our intention is to score. We will certainly be playing attacking football and hopefully that's enough for us to go through."