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And The RoM New Signing of the Season is…

After winning the league, whilst making the FA Cup and European Cup semi-final, it appeared as though United were just a few players short of a truly World class team.

When Ferguson dipped in to the transfer market, forking out large sums of money for youngsters Nani and Anderson, Carlos Tevez who had kept West Ham up the season before, as well as the more experienced and long time coveted Owen Hargreaves, our mouths were watering.

It was perfect that all of these new signings got to play a role in our success of the 2007/2008, most notably, with all four players scoring in the penalty shoot out in the European Cup final victory over Chelsea.

Which one of these players did the RoM forum vote as the best?

Carlos Tevez was no stranger to United fans, as the last time we’d seen him play was when he scored the winning goal on the final day of the season at Old Trafford to keep the Hammers up. After a slow start, he finished the season as their highest goalscorer, with most fans attributing his performances as the reason behind them avoiding relegation.

A long transfer saga ensued over the summer after ownership issues delayed his arrival. West Ham had been fined £5 million by the FA for a breach of rules, and it was starting to look as though Fergie couldn’t get the player he wanted.

However, on August 10th 2007 the deal finally went through.

Tevez was thrown in to action earlier than the club would have liked, due to the long term injury of Louis Saha, and the lengthy injury Rooney sustained on the opening day of the season. After playing for 45 minutes without a striker on the field lead to an opening day 0-0 against Reading, Fergie knew he’d have to take the risk of throwing Tevez in at the deep end. He’d missed pre-season due to the confusion surrounding his future.

His debut was against Portsmouth away, where he ran himself ragged. However, he looked very slow and nowhere near sharp enough. This didn’t stop him setting up our only goal of the game, our first of the season, which was put away by Scholes from 25 yards out.

In his next game he had the opportunity to make himself a hero, with the ball falling for him to head in to the City goal to salvage a point in the dying moments. Somehow he missed the target and United started a season, filled with so much promise, without a win in the opening three matches.

We were soon back to winning ways though, with Tevez playing in our consecutive wins against Spurs, Sunderland, Everton and Sporting Lisbon.

Then, towards the end of September, came Tevez’s chance to shine. As time almost ran out in the first half against Chelsea at Old Trafford, Tevez dived towards Petr Cech’s goal, putting a Giggs cross in to the back of the net. His form was good, he looked a lot less rusty, and he’d just scored a goal against our title rivals. Welcome home, Carlos Tevez.

“There is no question about his long-term future here,” Ferguson said of Tevez in November. “The fee is in place. I won’t tell you what it is but it is still cheap. He has impressed everyone with his appetite for the game. He’ll get me 15 goals this season and what’s more they will be important goals.”

In the run up to Christmas, Tevez scored another 8 goals for United and with Rooney’s return to fitness, became an even better player. All the talk in the papers of those two being too similar to play successfully with each other was shown to be totally unfounded. It was Rooney’s shot at the Liverpool goal in front of the Kop that Tevez lifted in to the back of the net, giving us a victory over our much hated rivals.

The New Year started brightly for Tevez, scoring 4 goals in the 5 games that came in January, and went on to score another 6 in the remaining months of the season.

Ferguson’s prediction back in November came true, with Tevez scoring crucial, late goals against Spurs, Lyon and Blackburn. However, he outdid Fergie’s estimation by 4 goals, scoring 19 by the end of the season.

His campaign finished with a bang, scoring a brilliant goal against his former club, West Ham, on the last home day of the season, as well as scoring in the European Cup final penalty shoot out.

He had a brilliant debut season for United, and at just 24-years-old, he should have many more seasons ahead of him at the club.

Anderson came in 2nd with 33.7% of the vote, Hargreaves in 3rd with 13.2%, and Nani 4th with 1.2%

Congratulations Carlos Tevez, RoM’s New Signing of the Season, with an impressive 51.8% of the votes.

Do you agree?

About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. jimmy Bob says:

    I love tevez work rate and never say die attitude a great buy, if hargreaves had been fit all season i think he’d have got it but well done to carlos, and hopefully more of the same in the years to come

  2. Tom F says:

    Tevez is a real likeable person. You can tell he gives 100 percent in every game, he seems very humble, he has scored so many big goals for us and I would like him to stay for years to come.

    Him and Rooney with a full pre-season between them and hopefully no injuries will get 20 plus each next season, no doubt about it!

  3. Messiah says:

    Remember at one point where Rooney was scoring for fun before his injury and it was no small part due to his partnership with Tevez, we played so attractively and they got along like a house on fire, after injury Rooney wasn’t the same but I hope he and Tevez stay fit enough to tare more defenses apart.

  4. Ian Rothera says:

    His finest moment of the season was in my opinion his perfornmance at OT against Barcelona. He was on a yellow already and one more he was out of the final, a fact that many players would have simply taken as an opportunity to take it easy. Tevez defended from the front and for me was the MOM for the semi, closely followed by Park.

  5. jatt united says:

    good workrate and heart, but he cant finish!

  6. PeeJay says:

    Rooney-Tevez is a good partnership but if we had a 2nd striker instead of one of them it would be even better.


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