Carlos Tévez shocked by Old Trafford reception

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Carlos Tévez admits he was shocked by the intensity of the abuse he received from the Manchester United fans during the fiery derby at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Manchester City striker endured a bitter return to Old Trafford, just four months after picking up a second Premier League title with the Red Devils.

Tévez was once idolised by the United faithful during a two year stay with United, but he was never likely to endear himself to supporters after joining arch rivals City.

The Argentina international was subjected to a chorus of boos from the home support everytime he touched the ball.

In spite of his frosty reception, Tévez shared warm embraces with several of his former colleagues and applauded the home support at half-time.

"I must admit I did believe I would get a different reception from the United supporters," Tévez told The Daily Mail.

"Initially everything was positive and I was greeted by my former team-mates and United staff without any problems at all.

"But as soon as I entered the field the atmosphere was very different. It was hard to take because previously I was always wanted by those people. But I suppose in football situations change.

"Nobody could doubt that gave my maximum to United during my two years there but I don't think the fans really understand. I don't think the club have ever really explained why I left.

"I insist that the club didn't treat me correctly and they only tried to keep me at the last minute. I don't think I deserve that."

He added: "I am Argentinean and I am never scared. I have played in Brazil and was jeered there but this Sunday was different.

"Happily it didn't affect my play and I played my part in making the score 1-1. I am always a professional and now my club is Manchester City."

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