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United Almost Made A Big Mistake

It was an insane risk, really. In the end, Manchester United DID offer 25.5 million for Carlos Tevez and also offered a contract which his advisor Kia Joorabchian described as 'fantastic' - but fortunately his client rejected it.

If we had a complete, balanced squad then we could have kept Tevez, yes. In the circumstances it would have been a grave error. Yes, he's a good player, he's got an eye for goal and works incredibly hard.

However, for a player in this price range, there are far too many negatives. His dreadful first touch; his lack of pace; his erratic finishing and above all, his refusal to accept the fact that he's not on the same level as the also departing Ronaldo or Rooney.

He is a grafter, a trier, as Ferguson rightly said. But at the time when United are losing their best goalscorer, their most potent attacking weapon, the club simply cannot afford to pay such an amount for a player who can't really accept rotation and the fact that he's not a regular starter. We need to rebuild the team's attack and while Tevez's hard work was valuable to Ronaldo in the past two seasons, the Portuguese is now gone. We won't acquire an individual with the same qualities, with the same all-round excellence - therefore we have to create an attacking unit that's good enough to replace Ronaldo's goals.

And my firm belief is that Carlos Tevez is simply not good enough to be a main part of such an attacking unit. Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov have the necessary qualities which must be complemented, above all, with pace which our favourite Carlos doesn't have. Keeping him as a squad player would have been unwise: 25.5 million for a bit-part man when we have Welbeck and Macheda available?

And of course Tevez could not accept being second-fiddle to Rooney and co. even though this, contrary to what many people think, did not start with the arrival of Dimitar Berbatov. Just a few games from the 2007/08 season which Tevez did not start: Lyon home and away, Roma away, Liverpool home, Arsenal home, Chelsea away... Fergie, now it's clear, wasn't totally satisfied with his contribution in the biggest games even though eventually he got the green light in Moscow - where he was one of our poorest performers...

So it's not the arrival of Berbatov which marginalised Tevez: it's the other way round, Tevez's performances convinced Fergie to buy Berbatov to have another tactical option. This was something that Tevez did not accept and therefore a parting of the ways was inevitable: Tevez was moaning about not starting regularly enough even though he was in the first XI for some of the biggest games of the season (Liverpool, Arsenal in the league, Arsenal in the CL).

So, Carlos Tevez turned us down and even though I like the player and genuinely want him to do well next season, I'm happy he won't spend the campaign at Old Trafford... It would have been a mistake to sign him, despite my initial optimism about him and I very much hope that we'll spend this 25.5 million well, on players who can give more to United than Carlos Tevez.

Thanks for the two seasons, Carlos, thanks for all the memories - and if I were you, I'd accept City's offer, you can still be the main man there. At Chelsea, you wouldn't have a better time than at United...

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday June 21 2009

Time: 12:46AM

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Zae I agree that at 25.5million he is too much of a risk but I can understand why he rejected the offer with the world cup coming up he has to make an impression and he has to have more games,so hopefully we will see u at city as its there where u will start most of the games and as Zae has stated at chelsea your situation will be more or less the same.Best of luck,tevez u have been a great and hardworking servant for this club.
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21/06/2009 06:53:00

For me this player will be missed when we have to chase the game,I don't know what but he had something about him(maybe his character or his never say die attitude)and he always popped in with crucial goals only rooney for me had that quality on the pitch and unfortunately we have lost one such player.
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21/06/2009 06:59:00

There was one game that Ronaldo didn't play in 2008/2009 season because of illness i.e. FA Cup against Fulham, and Tev was the best player in that game with superb performance. How do you explain that? That already shows you he has what it takes to be the best if he is in "good mood" (without Ronaldo, remember). But unfortunately, Fergie and the club's attitude are the problem that he didn't have that mood i.e. a peace of mind. You can't expect a top footballer to play at their best with no peace of mind. That is somewhat a BIG MISTAKE from Fergie and the club. Besides, goal-scoring machine is never a guarantee to glory. Just look at RVN, he was the most prolific striker, yet he won less glory for the club. A geniune winner may not score much sometimes but they somehow have the ability to influence the games. This "influence" is a rare piece of talent that you may not see it entirely on stats or goal scored (remember, stats tells you something but not everything, never rely too much on it), you can only feel it on the pitch that certain players have it. Tev definitely has it. Do you want a prolific striker like Torres or a assisting striker (assist much, score less) like Berbatov who hasn't had enough influence to win glory with the club, or a striker (doesn't matter he scores more or less) like Tevez or Messi who can influence significantly the outcome of the games to win you glory eventually? I would rather have Tevez or Messi. Man Utd don't know what they have missed, only after next season they will see it.
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21/06/2009 07:38:00

Chelsea Deny Interest In Carlos Tevez – Report The Blues are reportedly not interested in shelling out £25 million on Carlitos. 21 Jun 2009 07:44:48 EPL: Carlos Tevez, Manchester United v Arsenal (PA) Photo Gallery Zoom EPL: Carlos Tevez, Manchester United v Arsenal (PA) Related Links Teams * Chelsea * Man City * Man Utd. Players * Carlos Tevez Chelsea have reportedly denied they are interested in signing Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez. It was revealed yesterday that the Argentine would be leaving Old Trafford, after turning down a five-year contract with the English champions, meaning his future remains the subject of much debate. Chelsea and Manchester City appear favourites to sign the 25-year-old, who has admitted he would like to stay in England and has also ruled out a move to United’s bitter rivals, Liverpool. However, Man City now appear to be in pole position to sign the forward, with the Sunday Mirror reporting that Chelsea have no interest in moving for Tevez. The British tabloid quotes a source close to the club as admitting last night, “There is no current interest from us in Carlos Tevez.” Should the comments prove to be correct, it would appear that Tevez seems destined to move across Manchester to neighbours City. Mark Hughes’ side have long made their interest in the United man known, and would undoubtedly be delighted to snare the striker from their rivals. However, if Tevez does move across the city he may still face a fight for his place in the team with Roque Santa Cruz also expected to arrive at Eastlands this week. Gill Clark,
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21/06/2009 08:28:00

We should of signed him sooner we're just gonna spend as much on a player who'll need time to adjust to the prem plus no one can deny his relationship with the fans, the lift his appearance on the pitch gave us or his shear determination which being honest goes a long way in ***** weather against not so glamorous opposition, I for one will miss his tenacity and work ethic.
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21/06/2009 17:15:00

Always look on the bright side of life hee hee, hee hee hee hee hee hee. No Ronaldo, no Tevez... Oh, no. I suppose this means Berbatov will have to stop sulking and start scoring goals. Oh, no...
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21/06/2009 17:47:00

A case of sour grapes, then? If Tevez had signed, I'm sure the headline would've been "United pull off a miracle and sign Tevez" or something. Oh well, I suppose failure is below you folk, so hence the stupidity. Either way, I dont care.
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21/06/2009 18:55:00

My thoughts exactly JT! Who next off the sinking ship???
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21/06/2009 19:46:00

Well there are no sour grapes from me. I've never supported the idea of signing him and despite the fact that we made an offer I never believed (and still don't believe)that Fergie really wanted him. I believe the bid was just a way to appease some of the fans. Kia has come out and said that Tevez never actually rejected us; we ruled ourselves out because he wanted time to consider the offer. If Torres or Benzema wanted time to consider an offer, I'm pretty sure they would have got it. I would kind of like Tevez to go to chelsea now, just so JT_Daniel can fully appreciate why many of us are really rather pleased that he has gone.
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21/06/2009 23:44:00

As for the sinking ship comment, I guess we'll see you at the bottom then Yiddo? Unless of course this is your year? Again!
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21/06/2009 23:47:00

It aint our year no, but it aint yours either!
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22/06/2009 15:43:00

We're not greedy mate, the last three have been ours so we're hardly starved for success. I'm no mystic meg, but I predict we'll do just fine next season. Whether we win silverware or not we'll compete for it - which is more than your lot can say. Whilst you might think we're a sinking ship, you're nothing but a port - which we can dock into and replenish our squad with your best players at any time. So best of luck next season Yiddo - keep palacios warm for us, we might need some backup for hargreaves in january!
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22/06/2009 16:12:00

No matter, Tuscan3000. If he's really as useless as you think he is, then let him rot at Citeh! :-)
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24/06/2009 05:44:00

Bye bye Tevez... as he himself pointed out, we played a lot of the season without him, and didn't seem to do TOO badly so we should just about survive...
Man utd champions
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30/06/2009 14:41:00

(though to be fair, i was far more disappointed with Tevez leaving than Ronaldo - though neither was hardly unexpected - but we'll be able to see this season how important they actually were).
Man utd champions
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