Tevez: I should have started
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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."