It is fair to say Carlos Tevez has a complicated history with Manchester United.

Tevez went from winning the Champions League with the club in 2008 to being public enemy number one in 2012 after helping City win the title and then holding up a RIP Fergie sign during their victory parade.

So it is with conflicting emotions we view the sight of Tevez wearing a Manchester United shirt in 2021.

Tevez posted a picture on his Instagram feed wearing the blue shirt United wore in the Champions League semi-final in 2008.

He did so as part of a competition for his 1.7 million Instagram followers to try and win it.

Manchester United v AS Roma - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final
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It is hard to forgive Tevez for joining City and his behaviour while at the club, but his frustration at not being re-signed by United was somewhat easy to empathise with, before he threw it back in our faces in the worst way possible.

United almost shoved him out by signing Dimitar Berbatov, and then chose not to renew his deal in the same summer we sold Cristiano Ronaldo.

 

None of that excuses his behaviour at City’s title parade, but those years from 2007 to 2009 were truly glorious.

Tevez formed a formidable front three with Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, winning the Champions League and three consecutive league titles.

The trio were and remain, one of the best three-pronged attacks football has ever seen working together, and those memories should be cherished.

Choose not to forgive Tevez, and that is perfectly acceptable too. It will forever be a tough task to balance the memories of his run with United and what happened after.

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