Curbishley was furious that Ferguson claimed Tevez kept the Hammers in the Premiership single-handedly.

He snapped to the Sunday Express: "I was a bit disappointed about Alex's comments about Tevez keeping us up.

"Because there were 10 other players out there and a lot of them were big performers for us.

"There was a lot more going on than just Carlos Tevez. Every day has been a Tevez day for the last two months.

"I have kept my own council and got on with it. But I was disappointed to hear Alex say that.

"We have got to move off and move on. I am not expecting anything. I am just expecting that we are going to Austria and he is not going to be with us.

"But please don't keep talking to me about Tevez because there is nothing I can do about it."