Since leaving Manchester United for Manchester City, Carlos Tevez has repeatedly talked about Sir Alex Ferguson and spoken of his strong feelings towards the fans. It is understandable that he would have a hard time getting over his time at United, given that in his two years with the club he won two league titles and played in two European Cup finals.
Returning to Old Trafford for the first time since his departure, he was rightly booed by our fans. Two months before signing for City he was talking of his admiration of Sir Alex Ferguson, saying he treated all players as equals, and he’d had a massive impact on his career. When signing for City, he then changed his tune, claiming that the manager had ignored him for two years, in a bid to convince people his move wasn’t all about the money. Of course it was.
I wouldn’t mind this money-obsessed streak in footballers if they could be honest about it. Tevez wasn’t honest though. He grabbed our badge, he said he loved our fans and he said he wanted to stay forever. He said he wouldn’t join Liverpool out of respect for our fans but then joined City, as if that isn’t disrespectful! The fact that City could pay double him what Liverpool would was the be all and end all to his decision making.
Before the derby, Tevez reckoned he would receive a warm welcome from our fans, showing just how out of touch with reality he is. Maybe he doesn’t hear his new set of fans chanting that “he hates Munichs” but we certainly heard that on Sunday.
He has today revealed that he found our reaction to him hard to take. I hope someone consoles him and gives him some important advice: time to get over United.
“The atmosphere was very negative towards us but it didn’t affect our game,” said Tevez. “The score was unjust. The amount of extra-time was exaggerated but now we look forward to the return match and we feel obliged to beat United. I must admit I did believe I would get a different reception from the United supporters. Initially everything was positive and I was greeted by my former team-mates and United staff without any problems at all. But as soon as I entered the field the atmosphere was very different. It was hard to take because previously I was always wanted by those people. But I suppose in football situations change.”
Indeed, situations do change. For example, we once hated Michael Owen and now he’s scoring our winning goals. We once loved Tevez, but now he is missing easy chances for City, instead of United.
Welcome to Manchester? Fuck off back to Stockport. Manchester is red.