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Is Tevez The Kind Of Player We Want At United?

“Fergie, sign him up! Fergie, Fergie sign him up!” the Stretford End chanted over the top of Sir Alex Ferguson’s end of season speech. Ferguson had just claimed his 11th league title and United’s 18th, equalling Liverpool’s record, yet sections of the crowd believed there was a more pressing issue to deal with; Carlos Tevez.

Our little Argie had worked his arse off for two years for every minute he was on the field and our fans loved him for it. During his first season, his attitude seemed perfect. He did all he could for the team, he spoke often of his love for the fans and of his aim to spend years at the club. Everything was going well for him and his attitude matched that.

However, when things weren’t going as well for him, his attitude took a distinct turn for the worst. Dramatic head shaking when he was subbed off the pitch and speaking to the press time and again about his unhappiness at his present situation.

With Ronaldo going, the press seem to think United fans want Tevez to stay even more. That may be the case for many reds, but it certainly isn’t how I see it!

Ferguson tolerated Ronaldo and I suppose he had to. Once the decision had been made he was staying for the season, our manager knew if he really had a go that Ronaldo would throw his dummy out good and proper and that would only fuck up our season. So his petulance was allowed to continue.

After his tantrum when he was subbed against City, the front cover of Red Issue showed a shared thought bubble from Ferguson and Ronaldo which read ‘That’s the last time that will happen!’ or words to that effect. Fuck this, some stuck up wanker parading around like he’s bigger than the club. It was allowed to happen because the season was well under way but it couldn’t have been allowed to happen from the start of next season. The respect I have for our manager increases every time he ensures the reputation of our club is still in tact.

Having allowed Ronaldo to behave that way, there’s no way we can allow the same behaviour from Tevez. Whilst Tevez is some way from having the attitude Ronaldo has, we’ve already started to see the early signs of it. He’s already been bad-mouthing the club to the press and he’s already made a scene when he’s been subbed off. Sorry lad, you’ve just played 75 minutes for Manchester United and should be thanking your lucky stars. Get a fucking grip!

People argue that his reactions have been normal and that it just shows he wants to play. But is that the normal to deal with disappointment? If your boss tells you that you haven’t been put on a project that you were particuarly interested in working on, do you tut loudly and keep shaking your head? Do you shrug your shoulders and look at him angrily? Course not. If you behave that way it is a choice, not a reaction to disappointment. Tevez chose to react that way and whether it was for the cameras or for potential clubs or anything else, it is unnecessary.

Essentially though, whatever your opinion on his attitude, whether you understand him or not, he isn’t going to be happy here. He thinks he’s good enough to start for all of the big games but sadly he isn’t. Even Wayne Rooney missed out on the crucial derby day clash at Old Trafford this season, starting on the bench despite not carrying any injury, which shows nobody is intouchable. Tevez isn’t as good as Rooney and if he isn’t prepared to be rotated, then he is better off elsewhere. That’s not being harsh or unappreciative of what Tevez has done for us, rather looking at the situation realistically. He can play every single minute for Manchester City, he can double his wages and he can see how happy he is there. Best of luck to him.

What irritates me most about this is the way he spoke so fondly of the fans and how we now look because of our response to him. He chose to make a connection with us and before this season I honestly think we all just assumed he would sign. The manager has repeatedly told the press he wants Tevez to stay so I don’t know what else he wanted…? Should United have met the asking price even if they didn’t think it was an accurate value? But because the club hasn’t done that, Tevez is considering leaving, which is fair enough, but moving to our hated rivals? Is that what you do to fans you supposedly love so much? If he truly believes the club have fucked him over then of course he is entitled to go wherever he wants, but if he can forget about the fans so easily, I wonder why on earth he bothered to establish a relationship with us in the first place? If that relationship can be so easily broken then what does that say about him? Fans chanted over Sir Alex Ferguson’s speech for him but now he is open to a transfer to City or Liverpool?

I’m tired of this bullshit. I’m tired of these players with big egos thinking they can dictate everything, as if playing for Manchester United makes us the lucky ones, not them. The only players I feel lucky to have are the ones who feel lucky to be here. Players like Wayne Rooney who say they want to spend the rest of their careers here or players like Patrice Evra who thank God for being at our club. If Tevez thinks the best way to handle this situation is to question the manager’s decision to play him for only 45 minutes of a European Cup final and to speak negatively about the club to the press repeatedly, then he is mistaken.

I don’t expect all players to see United the way we do. I understand why Real Madrid were the goal for Ronaldo and I understand why Tevez doesn’t see our club as the be all and end all. I don’t expect every player who signs for us to behave as though we’re the best thing since sliced bread and worship the club and fans. But I do expect every single one of our players to show respect to the club, to have awareness of how privileged they are to be here, and to get on with their job without showing us up.

It doesn’t all have to be over for Tevez here though. There is always the possibility that he will realise what he is giving up on by walking away from Manchester United. But if he doesn’t realise that, if he thinks playing for City is a better option than playing for United, how can any of us argue that he is the kind of player we want wearing our colours?

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. Manchester United Tickets says:

    to be fair I would be annoyed if I was dropped every week for Berbatov

  2. Marq says:

    Manchester United Tickets

    Another guy who took up the myth Tevez was dropped often. Check you stats please

  3. Red Yank says:

    No thanks. I would have been a bit more interested before the petulance. He’s a good player and I can understand the frustration when you don’t get to play after giving it your all but these childish displays shouldn’t be tolerated.

  4. Alvin says:

    wow.. disrespectful to ferguson? is that what u guys think?
    Tevez is the one being disrespected first.
    Scott the Red, look at the statistics
    Berbatov 29 starts 2 subs
    Rooney 25 starts 5 subs
    Tevez 18 starts 11 subs
    obviously, tevez has played the least out of these three strikers. He has scored way more important goals than the others. If it wasn’t for him, Manu would not have won the league and the Cl in the 07/08 season.
    Back to the 0809 season, Tevez didnt play at all against Inter Milan, and missed out on another few Cl matches when he had no injuries. After 4 goals against blackburn, back on the bench. After an excellent performance with 2 goals against fulham in fa cup, back on the bench.
    You guys think that he should feel lucky to have played in 1.5 Cl final, well, he should played two full CL finals, he scored some important goals along the way to bring manu there. After some spectacular performances, he still has to warm the bench. Tevez deserves much more than this shit.
    How can anyone treated like that respect the fucking manager?
    How? Can anyone tell me how Tevez can fucking respect Ferguson?

  5. jcolas says:

    Agree with the majority sentiment. The only way that he could stay was if he never complained to the press, never showed disrespect to Utd ever again, and lowered his price.

  6. Costas says:

    Yeah, how dare Sir Alex drop someone who scores 5 league goals? What does he know? How many strikers have flourished under Sir Alex anyway? Dear me. I am so disappointed that when it came down to it, Tevez’s explanation for leaving UNited was this. Reminds me of the way Heinze left. He gave up on wanting to regain his starting place and looked elsewhere. Unless it has to do with the bigger pyacheck City are offering him. But it can’t be that. Carlos Tevez can’t be all about the money can he?

  7. corea says:

    @ Alvin

    It is called rotation. Only Ron played almost every game out there.
    And what if you sit on the bench the next game ? Come back and score another 2 goals.

  8. Costas says:

    @Alvin, go and check the starts for the whole season mate.Not just the League.Alvin may i remind you that Ole Solskjaer would come to our rescue time and time again only to be on the bench for the next game?Did he ever bitch about it?No.It’s called class and dignity.Something Mr Tevez has none of.You speak about disrespect?How about Tevez’s body language in the last month encouraging the fans to cheer for him over Ferguson?I don’t care who the fuck you are,at United you are not bigger than the club or Ferguson.Fuck off to city.

  9. Giles Oakley says:

    Well said Costas & Corea. My thoughts exactly. Premiership champs, Champs Lge Runners up, World Club champs, League Cup winners, FA Cup semi finalists, not a bad haul for a season. Fergie must have been getting something right in his team selections. Let’s count Tevez’s medals next year and see who’s right in all this.

  10. Red Rooney says:

    Let me play where I can play

  11. Alvin says:

    ur saying this is rotation yeah? How do you explain the fact that tevez started the least out of the three strikers. If it was really rotation, then it should have been close to equal.

    Whatever man, i hope tevez leaves, he doesnt deserve this crap. Manu are shite anyway, theyre gonna regret treating tevez this way. Just watch Man City overtake Manutd in the league after tevez goes there.

  12. kokka78 says:

    Very good read Scott.
    At first i tried to understand Tevez and his desire to play,but his too much talking against Fergie were a bit mean.
    We’ve had great players throughout our history and the ones who tried to put themselves above the team always finished to leave the club.

    As u said Rooney as well has been rotated but never complained and this show his maturity to accept Fergie decisions cos he is know is for the good of the team.

    Tevez i guess -after all his comments-wanted to leave or he would never ever tried to put himself against the manager.

    His “affection” for the fans wasnt so true afterall if now he is ready to signs for two of our most hated rivals.

    Maybe he thought that declearing his love for the fans the fans itslef would have done everything was in their power to convince Ferguson to sign him (the chant his a prove),but playing this card didnt bring nothing good to him cos he thought he may have been more important than the manager or the team.

    Nothing is bigger than United neither the players who serve the shirt so well in so less time,some great chamnpions showing their love to the club and to the fans with their football talking on the pitch rather than go to the press.

    Thats what makes the difference thats why WE DID NOT SIGNED HIM.


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