Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has questioned Roberto Mancini’s decision to banish Carlos Tevez from the Manchester City first-team, and feels the omission will benefit the rest of the Premier League.
The Argentina international refused to come off the bench against Bayern Munich in the Champions League in mideek, and Mancini told the press that Tevez’s time at the club was finished.
Despite the striker’s petulance, Scholes feels City are a better team with Tevez playing.
“Is he is cutting his nose off to spite his face by not playing him?” the ex-England international stated at the release of his new book.
“I don’t know what’s gone on between them, but there’s no doubt that City are a better team with him in the team.
“How many goals did he score last season? It has to be between 20 or 30 goals and I think he was the top scorer in the Premier League over the last two seasons.
“City are definitely a better team with him in it. Whether that happens again, I don’t know. But from a United point of view, I hope it doesn’t.
“Carlos is the type of player who, if he’s not playing, he’s not happy. It will be driving him mad sitting on the substitutes’ bench when he sees [Mario] Balotelli coming on before him in games and he’s just getting 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there.
“He’s an old-fashioned pro who cannot accept not playing. A lot of players these days can accept not playing, being sat on the bench, picking up their money, but Carlos is not like that.
“He wants to be playing in every minute of every game and he will be furious inside because he wants to play,” he concluded.
Tevez has been suspended from action and training for two weeks whilst the Etihad Stadium club investigate the incident further, with his future in England hanging in the balance.
Written By Gareth McKnight
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