WIGAN, May 14 – Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that talks are underway aimed at keeping Carlos Tevez at Manchester United after the unsettled striker came off the bench to inspire a 2-1 comeback win over Wigan that leaves the champions on the brink of retaining their Premier League title.Tevez equalised with an impudent back-heel after Hugo Rodallega had given Wigan a first-half lead before Michael Carrick scored an 87th-minute winner to leave United only a point away from a third straight title.
Tevez said at the weekend that he expected to leave United at the end of a season in which he has been frustrated by his lack of starts in the club’s biggest matches.
But Ferguson insisted United were not stalling on resolving the former West Ham forward’s future.
"He is a fantastic player," the Scot said. "He knows I want him to stay. I had a chat with him today and (chief executive) David Gill has had meetings with him.
"I’m sorry I have to keep on going on about this, it has never changed."
United have already spent 10 million pounds on Tevez and have been told they will have to find a further 22 million to buy him from the group of investors who own the player’s registration.
"(The fact) we’re not negotiating with a football club is the problem," Ferguson acknowledged before turning his attention to the possibility of United securing a record-equalling 18th English title with a point against Arsenal at Old Trafford on Saturday.
"We’ll approach the game the way we always approach a game," he said. "It is against a very good Arsenal side – I don’t take any notice of what is written, they are a very good side."
Ferguson also paid tribute to Wigan’s battling display.
"We were up against a very determined Wigan side," he said. "We were fantastic in the second half. We kept going, got a little break and we were the better team. It was a really gutsy performance."
Match-winner Carrick was left to savour his first goal for United away from Old Trafford.
"It was worth the wait," he said. "To score goals as important as that is a great feeling – I had to make up for the miss in the first half, it’s a great feeling.
"Wigan came at us and caused a few problems. It’s not the first time we have come from behind – we did it the hard way."