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Fergie hails Mancini’s ‘strength’

ALEX FERGUSON today praised Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini for his "strong management" in dealing with Carlos Tevez’s apparent refusal to play in midweek.

The Manchester United boss would not speak directly about Tevez, a former player at the club, but said Mancini had handled the incident well.

Ferguson told a news conference: “I think that Roberto Mancini has come out and shown his strength of character, his strength of management and I think that is important.

“We have all experienced our own difficulties in management and you cope with it as best as you can. In my own experience strong management is important and there is nobody more important than the manager at a football club.”

Wayne Rooney has recovered from a hamstring injury and will be available for Norwich’s visit tomorrow, as will be Javier Hernandez and Jonny Evans who missed the Champions League match against Basle on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has backed Tevez over his apparent refusal to warm up during the 2-0 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich in Germany.

Scholes expressed sympathy for former team-mate Tevez after admitting he went through a similar experience at United.

“I know Carlos quite well. He’s a player who wants to be playing,” Scholes said.

“When he’s a sub, it will be killing him. It’s totally up to the manager but Carlos wouldn’t have been thinking that. He’ll be thinking, ‘the manager is against me, why is he not bringing me on? I’m City’s best player and he’s not playing me’.

“I’m not saying he (Tevez) is right – it’s totally up to the manager.”

Scholes, who retired from playing in the summer to take up a coaching role at United, refused to play in a League Cup tie in 2001 having been dropped for the previous game against Liverpool.

Scholes said: “You think you should be playing and my head was all over the place.

“I thought he (Alex Ferguson) was messing me about, wrongly really. I realise it was stupid. I let the manager down and it was something I regretted.”