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New faces for Manchester United

sports Updated: Aug 16, 2007 03:49 IST

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Manchester United are looking to Carlos Tevez to kick-start their English Premier League title defence as Chelsea seek to keep their winning ways in tomorrow's second round of matches.

United were to throw Argentina striker Tevez into action at Portsmouth in place of injury victim Wayne Rooney as Chelsea travel to Reading looking for a second straight win, but without the shaky defending.

Meanwhile Sven-Goran Eriksson takes charge of his first Premier League home match as Manchester City welcome newly-promoted Derby County.

Tevez, not 100 per cent match fit, is being rushed into the match at Fratton Park to fill in for England striker Rooney, who fractured his left foot in the 0-0 draw at home to Reading in their opening Premier League game on Sunday.

The new signing from West Ham, after a protracted and complicated transfer, is disappointed he will not get to play alongside Rooney for two months.

"Losing Wayne is a big blow because obviously he is a great player. But at a big club like Manchester United you have lots of individuals who can hopefully slot in and do that job."

Pompey boss Harry Redknapp has got the better of United in his past three seasons in charge at Fratton Park, but fears the fixture schedule has not been kind to them so far.

"The best time to play United, Liverpool, Arsenal or Chelsea is on a Saturday when they have a Champions League game mid-week," he grumbled.