Video: Trouble Is Brewing Up In Manchester

Carlos Tevez may have played his last game for Manchester City after refusing to come on as a substitute against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, incurring the anger of manager Roberto Mancini. Mancini wanted to bring the Argentina striker off the bench in the second half as City was trying to recover from 2-0 down in the Champions League game, but Tevez refused.

"If I have my way, he will be out. If we want to improve as a team Carlos can't play with us. With me, he's finished," Mancini said.

The Italian manager said he would discuss the situation with the club's Abu Dhabi owners and leave the final decision to them. Asked about Mancini's comments, Tevez told Sky Sports television through a translator: "That's a decision for him to make."

Tevez captained City last season and lifted the FA Cup for the club in May - City's first major trophy since 1976 but the 27-year-old striker has started just one Premier League game of six so far, the September 10 victory over Wigan when he featured for 61 minutes. Mancini said Tevez was probably upset that he was not brought on as the first substitute, when striker Edin Dzeko was withdrawn in favor of midfielder Nigel de Jong 10 minutes into the second half.

"I decide this, not Carlos. If one player has a lot of money (to) play for Manchester City in the Champions League and he has this behavior, for me he can't play, never," Mancini said at a news conference.

It was not the only problem Mancini had to deal with in Munich, with pictured Dzeko shaking his head at Mancini as he was replaced. "He was disappointed but he played a bad game. This is the last time that he has this behavior," said Mancini of Dzeko.

Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson made no attempt to gloss over his team’s defensive deficiencies and accused them of throwing points away in a 3-3 draw against Basle at Old Trafford.

"It was a lack of concentration that killed us - downright carelessness. We threw the game away. I warned the players at half-time that Basle had created two or three clear openings and needed finishing off, but it made no difference. Our defenders and midfielders have to do better than that. We were left grappling at the end to salvage a point, and losing a two-goal lead at home like that is a wake-up call," said the Manchester United manager.

Ferguson admitted that complacency may have played a part, adding, "Too many players were playing far too far forward. They seemed to think they could do that against a side like Basle, even though they had been prepared properly."

Source: Sky Sports, AP

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