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Carlos Tevez set for friendly bow

The Argentine striker can play his first Manchester United match at Dunfermline next week after his protracted transfer from West Ham is finally settled.

sports Updated: Aug 06, 2007 17:41 IST

Carlos Tevez could play his first Manchester United match in the humble surroundings of Dunfermline in Scotland next week after his protracted transfer from West Ham was finally settled.

The 23-year-old Argentine striker underwent his medical before United boss Sir Alex Ferguson put him through his paces in training.

Now Ferguson will decide whether to send Tevez to Glentoran in Northern Ireland or Dunfermline on Wednesday for pre-arranged friendlies with a split squad.

"We are delighted. Carlos trained with us this morning and he did very well. He was very enthusiastic about the situation, so he will train again on Saturday," he told MUTV.

"Then, we have a couple of games on Wednesday; in Belfast and Dunfermline. He will be involved in one of those and play the full game."

Tevez's debut will mark the start of a two-year loan period, which gives United the option to complete a permanent transfer at the end.

It will also mark the end of a long-running saga which Ferguson expected to complete a month ago, only to find his hopes stall amid the row over Tevez's third-party ownership.

Providing Tevez suffers no adverse reaction to his debut, he should be involved when United open their Premier League title defence against Reading on August 12.

The two-year loan deal is likely to cost United around five million pounds a year and a statement from Tevez's representative said, "Carlos is looking forward to being a Manchester United player. We would like to thank Manchester United for all their patience and support throughout."