Carlos Tevez: Manchester City's Goal Machine Could Have Been a United Great

illya mclellanSenior Analyst IJanuary 12, 2010

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 11:  Carlos Tevez of Manchester City celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers at the City of Manchester Stadium on January 11, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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On seeing Carlos Tevez bang in his second goal in the recent league match against Blackburn Rovers it became quite apparent that the South American is exceedingly comfortable and composed at Manchester City. This comfort is something that he never quite had at Manchester United because he was technically never a United player.

There were many critics of the pint-sized dynamo in his time at Old Trafford, who were quick to lambaste his skills, ability and remarkably, even his commitment to the club. All this because of the complicated management deal that he was bound by.

He was heard on several occasions to have said that he wanted nothing more than to become a United player and instead was left out in the cold by a club that thought they were too good for him.

It is quite astonishing to now see him receive the player of the month award as the club who sent him packing find themselves knocked out of the worlds oldest cup competition and foundering in the league, having been struggling for goals in recent weeks.

Tevez now has 15 goals in 23 starts for City and in present form is looking to finally become the "Argentine prophet for the 21st century," as he was described by the great Diego Maradona.

The settled and comfortable manner in which he is playing and the settled nature of his club life look to be the obvious reasons as to why he is scoring the goals. This makes Mark Hughes decision to sign him one of the very good things he did in his time at Eastlands. Roberto Mancini owes the wily Welshman a thank you or two as the Argentinian's goals have given the Italian manager and footballing star, a dream start to his tenure as manager of the Manchester club.

One can only wonder what Sir Alex Ferguson must be thinking as he sees the player he shunned making such a telling contribution to the new financial giants of world football's efforts to become the champions of world football.

Manchester United could certainly do with Tevez in the squad at the moment. A phenomenal work rate, excellent control and movement and technically sound finishing abilities make him at present a better striker than any that United have.

Of course this leads to the most obvious comparison of all, why Berbatov and not Tevez? Because at present the Bulgarian is looking to be well past his best while Tevez seems to go from strength to strength. Of course there are more problems at United than just Berbatov's lack of goals and it is overwhelmingly obvious to me that the Bulgarian maestro is just that, a maestro.

But with the financial boon that was the selling of Cristiano Ronaldo, it seems odd that Tevez was not kept in the stable so that if things were not working, they could call on the talents of the man Maradona and all Argentinians love so dearly.

The Argentinian was on occasion the best player on the pitch while at United and given a chance could definitely have gone on to emulate other great strikers to wear the famous red jersey. Instead he is now kitted for matches in sky blue and at the moment it seems the sky is the limit for the 25-year-old, who has not even entered the peak of his playing power.

It will be interesting to look at the golden boot standings at the end of the season and see where the player United decided to keep is compared to the one they let get away.