I think that's pretty interesting and not what I expected to find today.
Anyway - on to Carlos Tevez.
Sky Sports is quoting him as saying that he knew his career at Old Trafford was over as soon as SAF signed Berba last year. He says:
"I am not sure where I am going to play, but I know for sure that it will not be at Manchester (United)," Tevez told TyC Sports.
"I did not feel supported after they signed Berbatov, because I was the man for the job he was bought to do.
"Ferguson told me not to be worried about Berbatov's arrival, but I did not like it when he started to put me on the bench often. I gave my life for the Manchester United shirt."
As much as I tend to disagree with ESPN soccer commentators - I think it was Tommy Smyth the other day who made a comparison between the US's Casey and how he tends to just jog around and not seem that useful and strikers like Rooney and Tevez who always go for every opportunity and never stop. I think Rooney and Tevez play the same type of aggressive football and while you have a Wayne Rooney, you won't always need to put in the Carlos Tevez. Their football is too similar.
But since Tevez is blaming Berba lets look at that. Lets check the stats- which were found at Blog United:
In the 2007-2008 season - PRE Berba:
Dimitar Berbatov's 2008-2009 season:
What's changed since Berba? Tevez did have a better season before Berba's signing - but about an equal season when they were both there. In both seasons Rooney had a better performance. Berba has a differently style than Rooney and Tevez and therefore adds some difference when a Rooney can't get it done in a match. Also Berbatov works better with Wayne Rooney and fit into the United tactical strategy with Ronaldo there.
Maybe Tevez is right and bringing in Berba was the beginning of the end, but I say that he was on loan, learned some, played some great football, but never could replace Wayne Rooney.
Nor should he.