For Tevez, Tuesday was an emotional night and he admitted that his 'cupped ears' celebration that followed his second goal was aimed at Ferguson and the United board who failed to offer him a permanent deal at Old Trafford when he wanted to stay a year ago.
Tevez explained that the celebration is known in Argentinian football as the 'Topo Gigio' – named after a big-eared cartoon mouse popular on TV in Italy and South America – and was brought to the football arena by Tevez's international team-mate Juan Roman Riquelme when they played together at Boca Juniors.
"For me, I admit it was aimed at the Manchester United management. There is a message there but, no, it was not malicious," said Tevez to the Daily Mail.
"I respect everybody at United. The players and the manager. But these things are part of the theatre of football."