|Look who's back! Tevez grabs stunning hat-trick to open up title race|
|Written by News desk - dailymail.co.uk|
|Sunday, 15 April 2012 08:57|
Carlos Tevez scored a stunning hat-trick as Manchester City thrashed Norwich 6-1 at Carrow Road to reignite the Premier League title race on Saturday -
but, as ever, his contribution came with controversy.
The striker appeared to mock his long-term absence this season during a goal celebration, then ducked a post-match interview after accepting his man-of-the-match award.
The celebration, which was after Tevez's third goal and City's fifth, involved him miming the swinging of a golf club and cupping his ears to the fans.
Tevez has spent a large chunk of this season back in Argentina playing golf following his one-man strike action against Bayern Munich and has been heavily criticised for it.
His latest walk-out came when he had been presented with the champagne that accompanies his award, avoiding answering any questions.
Even during the game, Tevez found himself in trouble.
He was booked in the eighth minute for diving when he had clearly been fouled. Mancini said he was happy with Tevez's display after the striker started consecutive league games for the first time in 11 months.
'I think now he is better,' Mancini said of Tevez's fitness and form.
The City manager remains insistent the title race is 'finished', and Manchester United will win it.
United's record signing, Dimitar Berbatov, will be allowed to leave this summer for a knockdown £6million.
Berbatov has fallen out of favour with Sir Alex Ferguson after winning the Premier League's Golden Boot last season and, with 12 months left on his contract, United will not stand in his way if Paris Saint-Germain or another club stump up the money.
Liverpool have ruled out signing him. The Bulgarian cost a United club record £31m from Tottenham in 2008 and has won two Premier League titles and reached two Champions League finals.
But he has been sidelined by the emergency of Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez.
Ferguson still has to decide whether to offer Michael Owen a 12-month deal when his contract ends in the summer.