Sun’s Steve Howard Overlooks Paul Scholes’ Refusal To Play For Manchester United To Slam Tevez And Man City
CARLOS TEVEZ has treated Manchester City with contempt for one very good reason. Because he believed he could.
Also because, despite all the badge-kissing, he’s never really felt anything for the club. Certainly, he never refused to play for Manchester United even at the end when he was clearly unhappy.
In fact, he used to scurry round the pitch even faster to show interested clubs exactly what a great team player he was.
How he fooled us all. And he never took on Alex Ferguson the way he has Roberto Mancini. Even Tevez, epitome of the dangerous power afforded the modern-day footballer, was wise enough to realise Ferguson’s untouchable position at the club meant there would only be one winner. The difference between United and City is in the way they are perceived by the men who play for them.
On the same day, over on the BBC, you can read Paul Scholes, formerly of Manchester United, explaining how he once refused to play for Fergie:
Scholes, 36, refused to play for Sir Alex Ferguson after being selected in a weakened team for a November 2001 League Cup defeat by Arsenal, a day after being dropped for a Premier League defeat by rivals Liverpool. And he added: “You think you should be playing and my head was all over the place. I thought he [Sir Alex Ferguson] was messing me about, wrongly really. It’s up to him what he does with his team.
“I realise it was stupid. I let the manager down and it was something I regretted. It’s probably similar to Carlos Tevez’s state of mind if it is true he refused to come on.”
Such are the facts.