Patrice Evra and Carlos Tevez were great friends when they were at Manchester United, along with Park Ji-Sung, but Evra has revealed he was less than impressed when Tevez signed for Manchester City.
Carlos Tevez was my close friend. But I was not pleased when he joined Manchester City in 2009. I was really annoyed because he was a great player. There are two sides to every story, I understand that and football can be complicated, but I didn’t like it when he was on the banner saying ‘Welcome to Manchester’ after he signed for City and I told him so. ‘Carlito!’ I said. ‘What are you doing? This shirt isn’t you! I have been to your house and you still have a picture of yourself wearing a United shirt near your pool table! You are a Red. You know deep in your heart that you are a Red.’
United and City met in the 2010 League Cup semi-final. Tevez scored in both legs, the only goals he ever scored against us for City, but United won in injury time then went on to win the trophy. Evra has reflected on what he said to Tevez before that game.
‘Listen, Carlito,’ I said. ‘We are friends but don’t try and be nice with me. Don’t shake my hand and think that everything will be fine between us.’ He was laughing. He said that City were going to knock United out, but deep down I think he still had a great affection for United. He once told me that he would always respect United fans. I know he did well for City, I know he was a great player for them, but he’d won Premier League titles and the Champions League with United, he’d played in the best team in the world. He couldn’t just forget all that.