So, after City’s well earned victory over local rivals United this week, Carlos Tevez has earned national praise and acclaim – his two-goal tally prompting many journalists to claim that the Argentine has proved Sir Alex Ferguson wrong to let him go.
One thing that is undeniable is that Tevez was the match-winner on Tuesday night.
But here’s another, and whisper it when around any buoyant City fans, he wasn’t THAT good.
For, here’s another home truth, he’s only ever been a second-rate version of Wayne Rooney. And as much as his two goals reflect well on him, it was only a penalty and a header from two yards.
What was more telling was the opportunities he spurned. Was it not for poor decision making from the referee and the United back-line, it is likely that Tevez’s wastefulness would’ve dominated media coverage.
One clear-cut headed opportunity was embarrassingly headed into the ground, while other openings were spurned in a similar fashion.
His display on the night was based more on luck than judgement and was far from a world beater – and for £47million you’d certainly expect a player of the highest calibre.
That, hype or not, is not Tevez. Though his hard-working ethic is certainly endearing, he wouldn’t get into the United first eleven.
Therefore, Fergie’s decision was justified, even if may have come back to haunt him this week.