Former United teammates fall out big time.
Carlos Tevez has branded Gary Neville a “boot-licker” and a “moron” in explaining his goal celebration in Tuesday’s Carling Cup semi-final.
Former Manchester United striker Tevez gestured and cupped his ears towards their bench after scoring twice in a Manchester City’s feisty 2-1 derby win.
“My celebration was directed at Gary Neville,” Tevez told ESPN Argentina.
“He acted like a complete boot-licker when he said I wasn’t worth £25m, just to suck up to the manager,” he added.
Before the first-leg tie, Neville had said United were right to let Tevez leave in the summer, rather than signing him on a permanent deal after his two-year loan spell ended.
I was honourable at all times and I think it was wrong of him to talk about another footballer in that way
Tevez on Neville
And during United’s defeat cameras appeared to catch Neville making an obscene gesture when Tevez scored.
“I don’t know what the hell that moron [tarado] is talking about me for,” said Tevez. “I never said anything about him.
“I didn’t go overboard in my celebration and it was directed at Gary, not at Ferguson and not at the fans.
“I think he did the wrong thing because I was his team-mate and I never said anything bad about him.”
While Tevez vented his fury at Neville, the Football Association was promising to speak to both Manchester clubs before next week’s second leg in an attempt to defuse possible tensions. (BBC Sport)
Clearly there is no love lost between Manchester United full back Gary Neville and Carlos Tevez and perhaps both need to assess their rather childish behaviour before the second leg takes place. There will be many United mans who do not have a great deal of love or indeed respect for the Mr. Neville but perhaps gesturing in an obscene manner wasn’t the brightest idea.
One thing is for sure the Semi Final encounter at Old Trafford on Wednesday will now have even more added spice and no doubt the cameras will be looking to see how the pair behave at the crunch match.