Here I go again getting on my high horse…and quite likely upsetting many United supporters!
My affection for the club has been strong for many years and while I hold a higher regard for some of its players than others, I still remember anyone who ever donned the red shirt with the utmost respect.
Some of them have left outstanding memories like Charlton, Best, Law, Crerand and others too many to mention. Others like Cantona, Schmeichel, Robson, Keane, Beckham, Ronaldo and the like are more recent members who the younger fans remember so well.
So many legends, so many names that we all hold in awe. Which brings me to the point of this discussion.
How will Manchester United fans remember Carlos Tevez in the future?
He may well have become his own worst enemy since leaving Old Trafford with statements that he would have been far better advised not to have made.
There’s little doubt that he appeared to give his whole heart and soul to the club while wearing the red shirt, most fans absolutely loved him and urged him to stay including me who would have loved to see Sir Alex retain his services but it was not meant to be for whatever reasons.
Alternate views can be had about his true value, Ferguson was probably right in thinking that Tevez was overpriced by his agent/owner but at the end of the day, that’s a totally different argument.
Carlos is just 25 years old, how many of us remember that far back? How many of us have said or done things which were later regretted? After all he was never the best educated player in the world and he WAS in the hands of a smooth talking salesman which may have been his main problem.
The best illustration of Carlito’s lack of brainpower is with his reported statement that he expected the Old Trafford fans to welcome him back with open arms then was disappointed with the stadium wide boos and jeers.
Was that an example of a naive young man who we can only feel sorry for?
As for accusations of Tevez being nothing but a mercenary, let’s please face facts. How many footballers today can face a mirror and say that THEY ARE NOT? For every Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard there are hundreds who are nothing but. Sadly, that’s football in 2009!
Just one final question. Would Manchester United have been better off WITHOUT him during the two seasons that two titles and a Champions League was won while he was there?
For all his sins since he decided to cross city lines, Carlos Tevez is nevertheless a former Manchester United championship winning player who rightly or wrongly, I remember with fondness as I do all players who has graced Old Trafford.