West Ham boss Alan Curbishley has paid tribute to Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez ahead of this weekend's clash.

Reflecting on Tevez's influence on saving West Ham last season, Curbishley said: "During the run-in, Carlos played a big part.

"He has now gone to a club, where the big thing is 'can you handle Old Trafford?' .

"That's what Sir Alex looks at.

"Carlos has got that in his locker with his experience and everything else.

"When we played them at Upton Park, Carlos was very generous coming in and speaking to the players.

"I am sure we will get the same reaction this weekend - and nobody at West Ham is ever going to forget Carlos Tevez."