Tevez: I should have started

Carlos Tevez has told Sir Alex Ferguson that Manchester United would not have surrendered the UEFA Champions League so meekly if he had been in the starting line-up.

Tevez watched from the bench as United fell a goal behind and struggled to equalise against Barcelona in Rome on Wednesday.

Ferguson eventually sent the Argentina forward on as a half-time substitute but the pattern of the game had already been established and he was unable to shake United out of their slump, with Barca claiming a 2-0 victory.

Like his United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, Tevez was frustrated by Ferguson's tactics and felt they played a key role in the result.

"I wanted to play in the starting line-up in Rome but that decision was down to the coach," said Tevez.

"But with a strategy more attacking in the first minute then perhaps the result would have been different.

"It has not been a good time for me because I believe that I should have played more minutes."