Man Utd told why return of former striker can save their season

Date published: Saturday 25th January 2020 8:16

Former Manchester United star Dimitar Berbatov has said Carlos Tevez would be a smart signing by the Red Devils and believes fans would welcome him back to the club. 

The Argentine striker played for United between 2007 and 2009, making 99 appearances and scoring 34 goals, as well as winning two Premier Leagues and a Champions League.

However, his relationship with the Old Trafford club turned sour when he made the controversial move to local rivals Manchester City.

But the now 35-year-old striker has been linked with a move back to the red side of Manchester in recent days following news of Marcus Rashford’s injury, which is set to keep him out of action for up to three months.

And Berbatov, a teammate of Tevez’s during the 2008/09 campaign, has told Betfair that he thinks the current Boca Juniors could be a good fit given the current situation at United.

He said: “There have been reports linking Carlos Tevez back to United on loan, I say why not?! When you have these loan deals it’s good to get someone who knows the place, knows the situation of the club and the fans.

“Of course, he went to Man City but I’m sure the fans would welcome him back. If there is some truth in the story then it’s something that needs to be carefully thought about, the pros and cons need to be weighed up. But, if there’s no other option, this could be the right one.”

Former Bulgarian international Berbatov also claimed that Tevez’s bullish and relentless style of play is exactly what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in need of after his side put in two toothless displays in the defeats against Liverpool and Burnley.

“In the dressing room, he was quiet, a bit like me, but that’s not always important”, Berbatov said.


“We all saw what he was like on the pitch, he would run like crazy, fight for his team, score goals and he would never give up until the final whistle and you could say that is what United need now.

“There’s no one in the team that can bully someone from the opposition like Tevez, or Roy Keane, who would also rip your throat out if you didn’t work hard for the team. Maybe they do need Carlos Tevez for that reason, he always had that quality of shouting and fighting for the team”.
Tevez rejected a five-year-deal with United, which would have made him one of their highest earners at the time, back in 2009 in order to join City, who were on their way to becoming the powerhouse they are today.
The fall out from that move was well publicised, but Berbatov played down the idea that the United faithful would be unhappy to see him back.
“When he made the switch to City I didn’t pay much attention to it and I don’t think many others did. It was a professional business way of doing things, yes he went to our rivals but it was his decision and we all said good luck to him.

“As a professional, I respected all my team-mates and players that I played against, so whatever they did was their own business. You need to respect and admire someone that plays for their club and gives everything for them. Many players have switched allegiances throughout their careers and I don’t think it’s a big deal in modern football anymore.”


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