What was said be­fore that Tevez penalty

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FOOTBALL -

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

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