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Gary Neville spoke about two sides of Carlos Tevez's game after the striker inspired United to glory in the 2008 Community Shield.

The Argentinian was a constant threat to Portsmouth and scored the Reds' first kick in the victorious penalty shoot-out. But Tevez's angry reaction after being outrageously rugby-tackled in the box by Hermann Hreidarsson could have resulted in a red card.

"I didn't see Carlos' reaction," admitted Neville, "but I imagine it would have been one of frustration.

"It looked (like it should have been) a penalty (to United) from where I was. If a player doesn't get the decision that he wants, then the emotion of the game and the importance of it means they are going to react.

"We can't take that human element out of football. It's just a case of keeping the reaction under control."

Tevez had no such trouble controlling the ball as he buzzed around the pitch in his first Wembley appearance for the Reds. Neville was delighted to witness it, especially at first-hand.

"He's probably been our most exciting player in pre-season," said Gary.

"He's been fantastic throughout allthe games. He caused Portsmouth a lot of problems and could have had one or two goals. He was deservedly the (match sponsor's) man of the match.

"As for me, it was fantastic, just to get a competitive game under my belt. After being out for so long, I was just happy being out there with the lads and being part of it again. Hopefully this season I can contribute and earn my corn."

Neville now aims to lead out the team against Newcastle next Sunday, after reporting no adverse reaction to his first competitive start since March 2007.

"Touch wood, I didn't feel anything. Apart from picking up something in Nigeria, I've had a decent pre-season.

"I trained all last week. I just need more games really for my sharpness."
 

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Tevez has been our best player in pre season, looks a different player from last season, runs past players with ease now and now i can understand the hype about him from when he was at Boca Juniors. Also the hardest working attacking player we have got.
 

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i think this year he'll make the best out of him and show that he really loves the red devil! true! he showed alot of great work on the pre-season..
 

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Hreidarsson just grabbed him cause Tevez's boot caught him in the face. Carlos was lucky to escape card-less though.
 

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Tevez is improoving every day, but unlike other players he is loyal to the game and the club....even though he has a bad day, you still can't be mad on him.
Good work Carlitos. Keep it up
 

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Wazza1989 said:
Tevez is improoving every day, but unlike other players he is loyal to the game and the club....even though he has a bad day, you still can't be mad on him.
Good work Carlitos. Keep it up
If being MOTM counts as a bad day, I can't wait for him to have a good one.
 

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i didn't say he had a bad day...i was speaking in general:p...tevez was great yesterday..the only thing that missed was the goal
 
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