Roberto Mancini hoped that awarding Carlos Tevez the Manchester City armband would be enough to lift the Argie striker’s spirits. Since joining the blue half of Manchester, Tevez has repeatedly talked of his desire to quit football. He doesn’t even want to return to Argentina to play for Boca Juniors, a dream he spoke of often whilst at West Ham and Manchester United, so fed up with the game he has become.

City have thrown money and him and his pal Kia Joorabchian but even dosh can’t buy Tevez’s happiness anymore.

He also indicates he isn’t too impressed in the City dressing room, not wanting to listen to their opinions and thoughts.

“Today, the young players have no education at all, and I don’t want to listen to them,” he also said in this latest interview with TyC Sport of Argentina. “When I played in Boca, when Palermo or Riquelme talked, I listened to them. So I don’t want a young player to tell me ‘why did you do that?’ in the dressing-room. I would punch him, as I have won 13 titles in my career.”

I suppose it’s quite sweet that he uses the trophies he won with United as a way to brag and a stark reminder of how fruitless his time with City has been. Even after scoring three goals in two games against United in the League Cup, his team was knocked out and he had to watch United go on to lift the trophy a couple of weeks later.

The last trophy he lifted was for winning the Premier League, something he contributed just 5 goals towards, and he spent the last few weeks complaining because he couldn’t get in the starting line-up. At City, he is far and away the best and most important player, meaning he plays every game, and now the poor love is too tired.

So, this is what Ferguson was talking about when he said: “Sometimes you look in a field and you see a cow and you think it’s a better cow than the one you’ve got in the field. But it’s not as good as your own cow. Some players like to think there’s a better world somewhere else. It never really works.”

This is how it feels to be City series