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What Tevez’s Signing Means For Man Utd

Ed: This post was written with the assumption that Tevez is, in fact, joining United. If he does, which will be clear in (God knows how long) time, this post will give you an insight on what to expect. If he doesn’t, then well, read it anyway as a ‘what might have been’ article.

With Carlos Tevez looking set to join Manchester United, the thoughts immediately started running through my head. How many goals can we score? How badly will we beat up on teams? Who will be leaving now? In the end though, I settled on a few thoughts on this amazing summer signing.

1. With this signing, Man Utd has added a proven player in England, something neither of Liverpool or Arsenal’s recent signings can say. Also, we will hopefully avoid the grace (or not so graceful) period that comes with new strikers adjusting to England because Tevez has already spent a season in England, playing with West Ham.

2. Leading the attack now no longer falls to just Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo. With Carlos Tevez in the lineup, both Rooney and Ronaldo will be able to find more freedom to create and score with Tevez now occupying the attention of defenses too. While United scored plenty of goals last season, one would imagine that they could have scored many more if a player with the skills that Tevez possesses was on the pitch with them. Because there was not much of a second striker present on the field with the 2 stars, opposing defenses could concentrate on them, and effectively force others to pick up the slack. Now, this will be much harder to do.

3. With Tevez coming in, it now lessens the pressure on Nani, Anderson, and Rossi to produce immediately. This rings true for Rossi more than Anderson and Nani. Last month, I wrote an article stating that Rossi should become the secondary striker to Rooney. This is still possible. Rossi can now get first team action as both a sub and starter, because either way, he’ll be playing with Rooney or Tevez. This will also help in keeping all of the strikers fresh and hopefully healthy as the season progresses. Once you throw Anderson, Saha, Ole, and Smith(?) into the mix, and you have the makings of a great forward rotation. At the same time, it increases the pressure on opposing defenses when you can bring in fresh strikers off the bench at any time.

4. I’m not sure what to expect from Tevez goal wise. For the money being spent, I’d imagine if its anything less than 20 goals, this could be disappointing. But SAF has always been good at picking out talent, and we all know that Tevez has plenty of it. The next few days and weeks will be interesting, with what number Tevez will wear to what formation Man Utd will run, to who will be sold.

At days end though, Man Utd just got a lot better, which is bad news for every other team in the Premier League, and it also puts the rest of Europe on notice. Manchester United is coming to win this season, and really that is what it should be all about.

37 Comments

37 Comments

  1. Ahmed Bilal

    July 9, 2007 at 5:40 am

    TEVEZ!

    Fuck man, the waiting’s killing me. Luckily I have other stuff to distract me…like Malouda going for 13m πŸ˜› I hear that some Arsenal fans don’t rate him, but then they don’t rate Hargreaves either and the only thing common with Malouda and Hargreaves is that both players snubbed the chance to join Arsenal πŸ™‚

  2. Bilal Vorajee

    July 9, 2007 at 11:44 am

    I think the differing permutations of the forward line available to SAF, defences up and down the country will sh*t themselves at the thought of coming to OT – just as it should be!! I haven’t been this excited about a forthcoming season for ages – the wait for the first pre-season game is too long never mind the proper season.
    I just hope Rossi is not sold – he deserves a proper chance at OT and I think he has the potential to be simply awesome!

  3. mjc

    July 9, 2007 at 11:52 am

    “the only thing common with Malouda and Hargreaves is that both players snubbed the chance to join Arsenal”…

    Oh come on! I can think of at least two other things in common:
    They’re both overpriced
    They’re both basically workhorses who add very little in terms of style or flair.

    As for Tevez, I’m still waiting for someone to explain to me why Manchester United would want a Rooney-clone, when they really need a Van Nistelrooij-clone?

  4. Red Ranter

    July 9, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    Tevez would surely play alongside Rooney, make no mistake. Rossi’s chances would be limited to substitute appearances initially and I expect him to get more games than Anderson. (All this if he stays.)

    Malouda moving to Chelsea is good news. He is pure, unadulterated shit. This news could made be better if Robben moves to Madrid. I wish!

  5. indian punk

    July 9, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    Well heall yeah europe we are coming but umm should’nt this article be posted after we had the deal done on the horse spoke it self https://redrants.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif

  6. indian punk

    July 9, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    yes we need a real pocher or someone deadly on the box like van nistelroy
    i agree mjc tevez is rooney clone but well somethings always better then nothing u c

  7. Robert, Sweden

    July 9, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    Well, well, well. Not bad, eh!? Just to write off you bastards clanking down on this “rooney-clone”, I have to say:

    How does teams defend against Utd? Answer: By putting 10 men just infront of their goalkeeper…

    How do you eat that defence up? Answer: By having LOTS of individual talent, and players that can, by himself, create a chance (or a goal).

    Would a “van Nistelrooy-clone” be able to do that? Answer: No no no… He can stand and get a rebound on his ankle, but he´s not gonna break through the defence by himself.

  8. Shaheen Seedat

    July 9, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    This Tevez saga will take its time but I do expect him to join Utd. I wasnt too crash hot on the guy joining us but he will add to an already great rotation forward line. When we have the ball, itll be like playing a 4-2-4

  9. Shera

    July 9, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    @indian punk u hav to realise tht with the manu side tht sir alex is tryin to build the goals wil be srped out throught the side just like lst season mite i remind u tht we finished top scorers in the premiership widout van the man, tevez will simply add alot mor thn a goal poacher, he is a fantastic set peice taker, has flair and can set up aswel as score as we saw in his lst 10 gmes with wstham with 7 gls, so bringin in tevez is 1 fantastic peice of busines, u also shudve of watched the 2nd half of the copa america match, cus wen e played e didnt score but he was the 1 who sparked most of the goals scored bi, (nope nt goal poachers) but 2 midfielders and a winger in requilme, mascherano and messi tht is simply y tevez wud fit into the manu squad brilliantly. To be honest if we get him and it SEEMS TO BE VERY LIKELY NOW, we wil hav 1 hel of a season nt to mention 1 hel of a future can u imagin rooney, nani, anderson, tevez, ronaldo, (hopefully rossi), pique, evan nd eagles it’s a mouth watrin prospect

  10. Bonf

    July 9, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    To Mjc
    2 Rooneys r better than 1

    we need an RVN clone with PACE.

    Ps
    if there is such a thing as a RVN clone out there where is he????

  11. Shera

    July 9, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    YES YES YES any1 whos watchin skysports now know a deal is close sir alex himself says a deal is close expect the deal to be fully completed afta copa america canot wait

  12. Shera

    July 9, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    u hav to realise tht with the manu side tht sir alex is tryin to build the goals wil be spred out throught the side just like lst season mite i remind u tht we finished top scorers in the premiership widout van the man, tevez will simply add alot mor thn a goal poacher, he is a fantastic set peice taker, has flair and can set up aswel as score as we saw in his lst 10 gmes with wstham with 7 gls, so bringin in tevez is 1 fantastic peice of busines, u also shudve of watched the 2nd half of the copa america match, cus wen e played e didnt score but he was the 1 who sparked most of the goals scored bi, (nope nt goal poachers) but 2 midfielders and a winger in requilme, mascherano and messi tht is simply y tevez wud fit into the manu squad brilliantly. To be honest if we get him and it SEEMS TO BE VERY LIKELY NOW, we wil hav 1 hel of a season nt to mention 1 hel of a future can u imagin rooney, nani, anderson, tevez, ronaldo, (hopefully rossi), pique, evan nd eagles it’s a mouth watrin prospect

  13. Shera

    July 9, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    cnt beleive peeps r sayin we need a rvn clone frget bout dis shit we do not NEED a goal poacher we hav goals comin all the way though the side and adinn tevez wid this cnt be explained in wrds just hav to say lk who scored the most goals lst season UNITED bloody hel man

  14. Alvin Lim

    July 9, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    Now the boss has finally spoke……http://www.manutd.com/default.sps?pagegid={B4CEE8FA-9A47-47BC-B069-3F7A2F35DB70}&newsid=442881

    It’s not a rumor. He IS indeed coming…jz a matter of time.

  15. Elishaphan Onguka(phan)

    July 9, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    Bring on TEVEZ, we must now win da champs lig, i believe in SIR ALEX, tevez,roo, ronnie, saha, anderson n nani wil be great. SIR ALEX IS SPOILING US…

  16. Keith Moses Kaira II

    July 9, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    @ MJC. Tevez actually cores goals. Rooney rarely does. there in lies the reason why w bought him…

  17. Hiram Gakembu

    July 9, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    @MJC and what the hell are you doinf sniffing on our website? Goa nd read Arsenal’s fans blog if they have one!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Shera

    July 9, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    keith moseeeeees stop spekin bulshit rooney dus score goals so dus tevez but both can set up aswel as score which makes them perfect partners

  19. karl

    July 9, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    I don’t see why we should justify having “another Rooney” to a non-united supporter.
    Hell, I love Rooney so much, if we could get 9 more of him, I’ll want SAF to sign them all – Does that answer it?
    πŸ™‚
    btw, Tevez is more prolific in front of goal than Rooney.

  20. Tomas

    July 9, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    Tevez is simply one of the biggest attacking talents out there, plus, as the article says, he’s proven in the league, which is essentially why, this is such a major signing. Even Liverpool will have to wait to see, if Torres makes it (I believe he will, but nothing’s certain).

    Plus he’s not really a Rooney clone. He has similar traits to Rooney, but he adds other things. For instance he’s very explosive on the first 10 feet (Rooney is quick too but more over distance), which will allow him to go past defenders on short distances. He’s very good at receiving the ball with a man close behind, which isn’t Rooney’s biggest strength (although obviously he can do that too). And he’s just a fantastic player that most clubs will envy us for having. He’ll certainly get us 15-20 goals a season, just like Rooney and Ronaldo (and Saha if fit).

    We don’t need the classic goal poacher with so much flair and speed in the attack, and Tevez will be able to lead the line in Europe as well, which is very important.

  21. Danny Salford Red

    July 9, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    Pissing myself at all this you don’t need a Rooney double with Tevez garbage. The boy is ugly as sin but his talent mirrors his looks………..extreme!!!!! πŸ™‚ . Show me a single team in the world that thinks having 1 Rooney is better than 2 and I’ll show you a set of retards and liars. Man Utd and Arselona in Spains forward line will frighten the shit out of everyone next year at home and in Europe and we have 2 tanks up front blasting em in. Rooney 20+ again and Tevez 20+ mark my words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pride of all Europe!!!!! πŸ™‚

  22. Danny Salford Red

    July 9, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    And as for needing a a goalhanging type striker I think Fergie will deffo bring Peppe Rossi home to apply him in that role when we need it. Hope he doesn’t go Milan/Parma as been wathing him play in the kids and reserves for years and the boy is pure quality and his finishing reminds me of Ole’s and nobody needs reminding how sublime that is :-).

  23. Dave

    July 9, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    Tevez is not more prolific than Rooney, not in England anyways!!!

  24. indian punk

    July 9, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    Boss: Tevez deal is close

    http://www.manutd.com/default.sps?pagegid={B4CEE8FA-9A47-47BC-B069-3F7A2F35DB70}&newsid=442881

  25. shreyas

    July 9, 2007 at 6:51 pm

    well thought out article. thoroughly enjoyed it!

  26. podge eire

    July 9, 2007 at 7:42 pm

    fergie is a remarkable man! i didnt see the anderson thing coming at all! and the samw for tevez. to be honest i would have preferred huntelaar to fill the usual big poacher style (ruud) style player but if you think about the possibility of two bulldogs upfront snapping at everything and racing by players, especially with ronaldo in the as expected 4-3-3 formation, we’ll be unstpable. tevez is young as almost a copy of rooney. providing our boys in the back stay as strong as last year we WILL win the champions league! huntelaar would have been the cheap n easy option but sir alex is building the new barcelona as the moment. plenty of swift attacking play; less of the contventional crossing tactics that won us the treble. i 100% agree with what gary neville said recently that this is probably the most exciting time ever to be a man u supporter. tevez and rooney and ronaldo to bag more than 60 goals this season is a definite! if you’ve been following the copa america than there’s no question of his already unquestionable ability. speed strenght and enormous determination. the season cant start quick enogh……….Come on United!

  27. Indian Devil

    July 10, 2007 at 4:54 am

    well basically Tevez was a logical and probably the only better choice since Torres was going to the scums, Berba n Eto’o are hugely overpriced, Huntelaar young and still unproven in the league so this was the best option in front of SAF. Dont even talk abt Gudjhonsen and defoe. So Tevez was the best striker he could go for.

  28. GOD is a RED DEVIL

    July 10, 2007 at 5:28 am

    GOD gives you our team for next year….

    http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z122/manutd310/ManUtd07-08.jpg

    Enjoy!

  29. Keith Moses Kaira II

    July 10, 2007 at 6:22 am

    Shera get real. Look at Tevez’s goal record in his career up to now and Rooney’s. Tevez is more of a goal scorer than Rooney. That is obviously what I was hinting at…………
    .. I didn’t think it needed to be spelt out. You must be pretty dumb to think I don’t know Rooney actually scores goals…………..

  30. KJ

    July 10, 2007 at 9:14 am

    tevez is a more natural finisher than rooney (who spurned several chances last season). with much better service than he received at west ham last season he should really hit at least 20 goals.

    and don’t forget louis saha. he’s still united’s only real out and out striker and still has a role to play. just mark my words …

  31. Shera

    July 10, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    mr moseees u thik crap get facts rooney is 2 yrs yunger 2ndly they have played in dif leagues, nt sayin dnt speculate sayin dt we aint sin both of them at their full best in the prem

  32. gamole hr

    July 10, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    i hve been watching him on metacafe but de lad is just superb.he will make rooney and ronnie to shine more.he is so intelligent on the ball and looks more mature than wazza and ronnie.i just can’t imagine the 3 complementing each other upfront with anderson doing the playmaking and not forgeting the tackling skills of hargreaves and paul scholes who is also a good passer of the ball.not even mentioning giggs,nani,saha,rossi,carrick who can also make the first eleven.not also forgetting a great back which doesn’t need introduction plus goalkkeepers as good as edwin vandersar,ben foster and kusczack.UNITED IS DE TEAM TO BEAT.

  33. Shera

    July 10, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    cudnt agree mor gamole hr except scoles aint da best takler in the wrld lol

  34. Danny Salford Red

    July 10, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    I do shut my eyes when he goes in for a 50/50 and he’s already on a booking I must admit but I wouldn’t alter the fiery little bugger for anything. He’s got red hair lads , so he’s going to be a bit 0-60mph and temperamental isn’t he? πŸ™‚ The best are always very fiesty, see Keano, Le King, Sparky, Robbo and Rooney and so many more for further proof πŸ™‚ . Plus he is just amazing and has an amazing footballing brain. Pleased he aint going Sunderland but that one never had any legs for me as he was one of our best players last year and Fergie would never let him go yet

  35. Shera

    July 10, 2007 at 8:44 pm

    ye for def scholesy is a legend plays like a warior wen es in the midle of the prk neva givs up and dts da attitude dt i lv gt so much loyalty aswel

  36. taehr

    July 15, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    WE will Be raelly good in attack taems wont be able to keep up!

  37. paul ryan

    July 30, 2007 at 11:17 pm

    tevez rooney ronnie giggs nani anderson saha sojaer scholes rossi smith carrick hargraves vidic rio nevill evra brown o,shea park van dar sar where coming to get you

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