What was said before that Tevez penalty
SO WHAT did Carlos Tevez’s former team-mates say to him as he stepped up to take the penalty at Eastlands?
Wayne Rooney was seen shouting: “Left, right... hit the post.”
Ryan Giggs bellowed: “Go left, go right... miss.”
Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar paced the area, delaying the kick for as long as he can before being booked for unsporting behaviour.
Van der Sar was Tevez’s preferred penalty practice partner in his time at old Trafford. Tevez normally hits his penalties to the right, so Van der Sar instead moved the other way, believing Tevez would mix up his routine. The striker did change his mind – and smashed the ball high down the middle.
The 25-year-old Tevez said later: “Yes, he (Rooney) was saying things but I was trying to block it out. It didn’t affect me.”
On an emotional night, Tevez also admitted that his “cupped ears” celebration that followed his second goal was aimed at Alex Ferguson and the United board who failed to offer him a permanent deal at Old Trafford when he wanted to stay a year ago.
Tevez explained that the celebration is known in Argentinian football as the “Topo Gigio” – named after a big-eared cartoon mouse popular on TV in Italy and South America – and was brought to the football arena by Tevez’s international team-mate Juan Roman Riquelme when they played together at Boca Juniors.
“For me, I admit it was aimed at the Manchester United management. There is a message there but, no, it was not malicious,” said Tevez.
“I respect everybody at United. The players and the manager. But these things are part of the theatre of football.” – Daily Mail