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Was Tevez What Manchester United Needed?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 10:  Carlos Tevez of Manchester United battles for the ball with Nigel De Jong of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on May 10, 2009 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
will evansCorrespondent IJune 24, 2009

Now that Tevez is definetly not returning to the United squad next season, me and my mates decided to ask ourselves: Was Tevez really the answer?

Obviously Tevez has clearly been a devoted servant to Man Utd for the past two seasons—no Devil's fan can deny that. But with his exit, can United fans, once captured by Tevez's habit of wearing his heart on his sleeve, honestly answer this question?

Well, I tried. Basically I went back and watched some old United games (when i say some I mean around 20) and focused a lot of my attention on Carlos. Now, I'm just going to state that i always felt Tevez was given a bit of rough treatment this season, especially after his heroics last season. What I saw, though, somewhat surprised me.

Before I start, i would just like to make sure everyone knows that I am not slating Tevez, as I can only respect a man that has given so much to United and helped us win so much.

Obviously Tevez's greatest aspect is his work rate. In this area, Tevez is exactly the player that United needs: He is a lion. Like Rooney, he wears his heart on his sleeve, and any fan of any team appreciates this, especially when he is compared to Berbatov and Berba's frugal approach to football.

However, after all those hours of watching old football matches, it became obvious that this was Tevez' only real United quality.

Tevez lacks technical ability. Of course he has moments of brilliance, like against Middlesbrough, but often his first touch lets him down. On top of that, Tevez really lacks the ability to dribble. While he is able to fight players off, he doesn't have the control that any of our other forwards have.

Another aspect where I wouldn't consider Tevez world-class is in his finishing. Admittedly, all United forwards were quite bad last season, but Tevez's five Premier League goals just about sums it up. He has a tendency to take wild shots, when a pass would be a much better option.

Finally, the part of Tevez that really stands out is his selfishness. He would constantly shoot when passing to an open teammate was the much better option. Although I'm not yet a huge Berba fan, there were countless times Tevez had me on my feet, yelling because of his habit of going for glory.

Admittedly this may have been part of his attempt to get a contract, but it definitely went against him. I know that forwards are supposed to be greedy, but not overly so.

We had Ronaldo last year as well, who was also quite selfish, and maybe had Ronaldo not been on our team then maybe Tevez would have had a reason to be selfish, but we only had room for one selfish player, and Tevez doesn't compare with Ronaldo.

I'm still very sad that Tevez won't be at United next season. He clearly loves the club, and its very sad to think that he may sign for one of our rivals. Whereever he goes, I wish him luck, but I feel that the £25.5 million that Kia wanted was much to much for a player that is lacking in too many important departments to be considered world class, which is what we now need.

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