Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has revealed that 'disrespectful' comments from Manchester United captain Gary Neville were behind his controversial Carling Cup goal celebrations.
Tevez scored twice against the club he left last summer during Tuesday night's 2-1 first leg win and on both occasions he appeared to taunt his former employers.
After scoring his first of the night from the penalty spot, the Argentina international appeared to gesture towards Neville, who was warming up on the touchline, with the United veteran responding with what appeared to be a one-finger insult of his own.
Neville had claimed that United did not miss Tevez in the build-up to the match and the former United fans' favourite revealed he was hurt by his former team-mate's claims.
"Gary was very 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," he said.
"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."
He added: "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 (Sir Alex) 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 speaking about me publicly and 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."