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Fergie: We Lost Interest In Torres

The transfer rumours of the summer are an enjoyable way to pass the months before the new season starts. This summer, when it emmerged Liverpool were likely to capture Torres, a long term target of ours, whilst we were going to sign Tevez, I was delighted. Tevez had really shown what he was capable of in his final months at West Ham and really appeared to kind of player we would need to retain our title and go further in Europe.

There was a lot of talk about Torres long before the dippers got his signature, and on the the Republik of Mancunia forum, there was a thread dedicated to him. Some reds were extremely excited about the prospect of signing him. I wasn’t alone in expressing my concerns over how successful his transition to the Premiership would be. Diego Forlan and Fernando Morrientes are just two examples of strikers who couldn’t cut it in the Premiership, but were superstars in La Liga. The pace is much slower, the tackles are much lighter, so strikers have more time to score their goals, less pressure to work their magic. Whilst some strikers can prove to be a success in both leagues, a player who is proven is Spain has to go a long way to prove himself in England. Last season, Torres scored fifteen goals in forty appearances for Atletico Madrid, fourteen of those in the league. The season before, thirteen goals in forty appearances. Hardly a prolific goalscorer, and certainly not a player who Liverpool could argue was worth the £26.5 million yet. I was far happier with Tevez, a player who really seemed to suit the United way.

The partnership Tevez and Rooney are in the process of forming looks frightening, and the goal Tevez scored against Middlesbrough epitomised the quality we are seeing from the pair of them. He loves being at United, he loves us chanting Argentina, and with the six goals in the past eight games he’s played, it’s clear he loves scoring goals too!

Today, Sir Alex Ferguson has shed light on our potential Torres deal. “For years we tried to do a deal there but we never quite managed it because Atletico Madrid didn’t want to sell or the player felt he was too young one year,” said Ferguson. “Then we just lost interest a bit because sometimes you get fed up with going back to the same venue all the time. He’s a good player. We wouldn’t have been interested in him if he wasn’t. I think the advantage Rafa had was that he is Spanish and his dealings with Atletico were maybe better than ours because he’s Spanish.”

The Liverpool game approaches and a lot of the pre-match talk is focused around Torres. The general consensus is if we can control him and keep him out of the game, it will be far easier for us to collect the three points. This will certainly be a challenge for our defenders, but I’d like to think Tevez, Rooney and Ronaldo will be worrying the Liverpool defence more!

Who would you prefer? Tevez or Torres?

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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. Ella Patterson says:

    I’d be happy with either – both would be better. They are both great players in different ways. Mind you Tevez has more of a team/work ethic so in that way he is probably best for United

  2. Greg says:

    torres no doubt.

  3. craig mc says:

    It’s too early to tell yet who will be the more influential player to their team. Torres hasn’t had a full season in the prem – so only time will tell. As a Man U fan, I think Tevez so far seems to give a lot more effort in Matches – he never stops running for the cause. Torres, well havenit seen enough of him!. I will reserve judgment until end of season, but Tevez/Rooney are magic for ManU.

  4. Harry D. says:

    I would have said Tevez but Torres has shown that he’s an amazing player and I’m afraid we missed out, big time.

  5. jay says:

    tevez looks a great player but torres already looks up there with the elite and is still settling in and had a couple of injuries to overcome. we’re already talking henry class here with the potential for even more improvement to come. scary.

  6. Jon says:


  7. daniel ormom says:

    It’s a pleasure that i have confidence in Tevez.

  8. denton davey says:

    Torres has been better than expected – he’s surely lived up to the hype. BUT it’s not clear that he would have offered more to UTD. I am very, very happy with Carlitos’ contribution and this bird-in-hand is certainly on his way to being a mainstay in this team. His teamwork is exemplary and his link-up with Rooney/Ronaldo can only improve. Let’s just hope that the signs of that improvement are there for all to see on Sunday !

  9. Romell says:

    Torres every time, He is stronger, Faster, better in the air, is equally as happy up front on his own or as part of a 2 man strike force and of course is a better finisher.

    Tevez while also a class player and very skillful, is a level below, a bit light weight, tends to lose possession more often and obviously is not an ariel treat

  10. browny says:

    Torres as he is more of a threat to defences! Scares the crap out of defenders.
    Tevez is very similar to Rooney, and is class! but in a different way to Torres.

  11. RonaIIT says:

    Both are great players.But i think Tevez is the right mann for the manu. He is scoring goals and also he assist.What else you need from a striker but still i havent seen him scoring goals away from Old Trafford.(Am i right?)

  12. OMelhorDoMundo says:

    Torres is more clinical than Tevez in his finishing. He can outrun defenders and head the ball well. He is very stylish and obviously, I’d love to have seen him at United.

    But you look at Tevez and how much he contributes to every single attack United have. He’s always involved and he’s very clever as well. Some of his passing is just incredible (for Ronaldo vs. Blackburn, Evra vs. Everton). Best part about him is that he’s not a quitter; he fights until the very end chasing every ball. He doesn’t have the flair Rooney, Ronaldo or Torres has but his involvement in the game is unparalleled.
    I’m happy to see him score as many goals as Torres in the league and have the same goalscoring ratio in the Champions League.
    Defoe scored 18 last season. Sir Alex expected Tevez to get 15 this season. But who would any manager rather have?

  13. Paul says:

    United lost interest in Torres because they kept failing to sign him, not because they lost interest in him as a player.
    If you were to ask non-United fans, I would imagine that virtually all of them would prefer Torres. That doesn’t mean Tevez is a bad player, it just means that Torres is better. Remember, Torres is still new to the Premiership and can still improve……that’s scary!
    As an analalogy: getting turned down by a hot girl (Torres) and having to settle for a less attractive girl (Tezez) is okay. Claiming that you never fancied the hot girl in the first place is childish.
    Each of the Big 4 teams have one or two players that are the envy of the opposition. It’s okay to envy Torres, it means you can appreciate talent and ability.

  14. shyam says:

    Torres and Tevez are two great talents. Torres is a lethal finisher and very dangerous in and around the he is aerially strong and can shrug off defenders..but he is less creative and a lesser work rate..
    Tevez is completely different player..He is more creative and clever..and has an excellent determination and work rate..but not a good finisher as Torres is and aerially not strong…
    Torres adds sharpness to less attacking Liverpool team..He willl povide them with goals from half chances and help them to play their game at the back..
    Tevez adds cleverness to ManU and clearly can be seen in the build up play of Manu nowadays..So soothing to the eyes…
    Torres can be stopped by a defence observation and reading his mind even though it is difficult.But the defence can make sure they does not give him a chance not even a half chance..
    But when players tune into the same wavelength no defence can stop them..thats what Ronaldo-Rooney-Tevez is building upon…No defense stop them once they get that rhythm…Hope Anderson can also join in…

  15. Kumar says:

    It would be difficult to drawn comparisons between both players because of their different style of play. Torres is a target man and should be compared against Saha in which Torres is miles ahead. On the other hand, Rooney and Tevez are way better than Kuyt and Voronin. Its a very interesting match-up and I’d love to see how Torres fares against Ferdinand and Vidic. Hoping for a great game later today!

  16. UnitedRay says:

    Because he scores more and can play on his own up front.
    Tevez cannot play alone up front, in fact he cannot play without rooney for some reason!!! Tevez appear so lost with rooney beside him.

  17. Larry says:

    has anybody been watching torres play? the guy defends from the front never mind his finishing and the skill he has. To say that Teves works harder for his team is a joke Nando runs his shit off every match in a similar style to Rush. El Nino for me anyday, you have to appreciate the bullish skill of Teves but Torres is just a class above, with the work level, guile of movement and touch of the ball. i think its called poetry in moiton

  18. kenn says:

    its torres for me. not because hes better than tevez but becuse he is the kind of striker we needed more and, you know what, we still do.


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