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Tevez and Neville: what they said...

Manchester United captain Gary Neville last weekend:

"I can't disagree with (Alex Ferguson's) decision (to sell) Tevez.

"He was a good player for us, but if the financial demands are too big then that's just the way it goes. Other good players have left this club in the past; it's not the first time it's happened."

Carlos Tevez on Wednesday:

"Gary was disrespectful, which is out of character, but he didn't know the whole story of why I left Manchester United and I believe I deserved his respect.

"Football is a form of theatre and it was just a form of banter. There was nothing malicious intended. I was not trying to incite anyone but I was entitled to say to Neville that he should have been more respectful.

"For the second goal I ran to the touchline and cupped my ears and looked up to the part of the ground where the United directors were sitting, and also to Ferguson in the dugout, because I wanted them to know this was my response to them saying I was not worth the money.

"People from United have been criticising me but I wanted to do my talking on the pitch because that was the best way of responding to all these people, such as Neville, who were saying United were right to let me go."

Tevez on ESPN Radio yesterday:

"I thought he was in the wrong because we were team-mates and I never disrespected him, I was always respected him.

"I thought to myself, 'what's this idiot talking about me for? I feel he was a boot-licker when he stood by Ferguson's comments that I wasn't worth that money.

"From a former team-mate it hurts, from a coach it doesn't surprise me.

"I would never do that gesture towards the fans, I would never show a lack of respect towards people. It was directed at Gary Neville."