It turned out to be a testament of jealousy and envy thanks to a man who – no longer than five months ago – claimed to despise everything about the city through which he paraded the Premier League trophy yesterday.
As Carlos Tevez held a placard reading “RIP Fergie” he managed not only to make himself an even more hated figure at Old Trafford, he also took the limelight off his club’s biggest day in 44 years.
For a man who was deemed “finished” with the club by his manager after refusing to play and who then spent five months playing golf in his own country while his team-mates huffed and puffed towards the title, to do what Tevez did yesterday is simply disgraceful and severe actions should be taken, even though, in today’s world, players are untouchable unless they’re caught swearing into a camera.
The lack of response from most journalists was untimely as well or have Fleet Street’s finest endorse a “oh no, not him again” attitude which makes a serial offender less worthy of a news than anybody else?
Carlos Tevez has mocked the club he represents repeatedly this season, his refusal to play, his unathorised leave, his golf celebration after the hat-trick at Norwich would have guarantee him a one way ticket out of any club in the country and, perhaps, the world.
Not City who, so desperate to finally get one over their neighbours, allowed him to make himself much bigger – and, to his eyes, extremely more important – than the club itself, and the same fans who were invited to swap his replica shirts in December were loving every minute of his antics yesterday.
Had they been slightly more than detached they would have looked on in disbelief as the man they love casted United’s shadow over City’s biggest and most-awaited moment for half a century.
As a famous TV commercial has reminded us for years now, there are things that, regardless of the money we might have, we simply can’t buy and the difference between the way United handed themselves in defeat and yesterday’s crass events could have hardly been more striking.
City have won the title and perhaps others will follow, more and more players will be brought in courtesy of the endless financial resources at their disposals but yesterday offered further proofs that for all their financial wealth, their obsession with United will never enable them to become a truly successful team as they’re – and always will be – too busy to avoid the shadow casted over them by the red half of the city.
It was suppose to be a celebration, a joyous moment to forget 44 years of hurt and, more importantly, the entity responsible for that half a century of disappointment and bitterness.
It turned to be the moment when City confirmed their status of a small club with a small mentality.