In our latest instalment of the Flashback series, we take a look back at a certain moment and look at how things might have changed those initial reactions.
Go back a few decades and the Manchester derby was almost a foregone conclusion – but not anymore. As Manchester City seek a third title on the spin, there’s little denying who are the prime team in the city. But did a crossing between Manchester United and City 10 years ago play a part in the current guise of the rivalry?
Football pundit Tony Cascarino recently suggested that Carlos Tevez’s transfer to Manchester City instilled a determination in Manchester United to ensure that they would never allow their local rivals to profit from their shortcomings in the transfer window.
Here, we test that theory by looking into the effects of that deal, where it has led each club to in the years that followed – and whether Cascarino has a point.
Tevez left Manchester altogether in 2013 after United had taken back their Premier League crown, and although it has eluded the Red Devils ever since, Cascarino believed the nature of the Argentinian’s switch set the tone for future transfer business in Manchester.
From City’s point of view, change was already well underway in the transfer market. In fact, it was the summer that Tevez joined United in which City’s transfer outlay rocketed from £5.85m in 2006/07 to £70.2m in 2007/08.
Only once since then have City spent less in the transfer window, winning four Premier League titles since.
From United’s perspective, trophies dried up from the point Tevez was no longer in the nearby vicinity, and it was only in 2014 under Louis van Gaal that United have consistently spent greater than £100m, bar the summer of 2018 that would lead to the premature end of Jose Mourinho’s reign as boss.
So links between Tevez and United’s transfer strategy look unfounded.
But there can be little denying that Tevez – with 52 goals in first two City seasons – had a profound effect on the team that would grow into a championship-winning side, and although his overall input during that historic 2011/12 season was of a lesser amount, the seeds he sowed were nonetheless critical in City’s journey to the top of the English game.
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