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Former Man Utd defender Gary Neville: Carlos Tevez’s attitude deteriorated at Old Trafford.

Updated: May 14, 2020

  • Carlos Tevez’s attitude deteriorated at United, says United legend Neville.

  • Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville blasts former Argentina international for his behaviour during his two-year loan spell at Old Trafford.

Ex-Man Utd stars Ronaldo, Tevez and Rooney formed a devastating front three at Old Trafford. [Getty]
Ex-Man Utd stars Ronaldo, Tevez and Rooney formed a devastating front three at Old Trafford. [Getty]

Former England right-back Gary Neville has revealed how Carlos Tevez “downed tools” towards the end of his second season at Manchester United.

The Red Devils legend said he "couldn't stand" how the Argentine was “playing the club” before he sealed a move from United to rivals Manchester City.

"What annoyed me about Tevez was that he downed tools in his second season," former United captain Neville told Sky Sports.

"He started sitting on the treatment table, started coming out late for training, started messing around.

"He was playing the club and I couldn't stand that, particularly being how I was at the time, which was a ferocious Manchester United person who never thought of anything else in my life.

"I understood that he had circumstances, but his people were in his ear all the time and he was so led by his people. It was always going to come to an end like it did.

"I felt disappointed that, as a professional, he didn't act the right way.

"The problem that I had with Tevez wasn't that he went to play for Manchester City. That wasn't the main issue for me. It was the way it played out in those last few months. I didn't like it.”

Neville continued: "I never had a problem with people leaving the club. David Beckham left the club, Cristiano Ronaldo left the club, Ruud van Nistelrooy left the club. Great, great players.

"But there was a way to leave the club and the way to behave while you're there."

Neville also spoke about how talented the former Juve striker was as he reflected on the devastating front three Tevez formed with Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney at the time.

He added: "Let's be clear here, Tevez, for a year, with Ronaldo and Rooney, was just breathtaking.

"It was out of this world, not just because of the quality of the players, but because there was a real selfish, horrible, nasty determination to those three.

"Ronaldo in a different way on the pitch, in the sense that he wouldn't go around kicking people, hassling people and hustling.

"He was just immense in terms of his performance levels. But Rooney and Tevez were street fighters, with unbelievable ability.

"We talk about the best front threes in the Premier League - you'll never beat those three for me."

Tevez won two Premier League titles as well as the Champions League during his time at the Theatre of Dreams.

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