"I have never felt pressure when I play football," he said. "Whenever I go on to the pitch I try to enjoy myself."
Yet it was only as the Copa America reached its conclusion that he began to get some idea what a fuss his long-time association with Kia Joorabchian was causing.
"I started to realise - because each game passed in the Copa America and still the matter was not resolved," he recalled.
"But I never felt I would be forced out of the game.
"It hurt me to leave West Ham anyway, but the lure of Manchester United was just too much."
Tevez will step in just as Wayne Rooney faces two months on the sidelines after another metatarsal injury.
"It is a big blow to lose Wayne," he said. "He is a great player and he will be very difficult to replace.
"But at a big club like Manchester United you hope to have a number of players who can slot in.
"This is a massive step for me. Now I need to write my own piece of history at the club and do everything I can to help Manchester United be successful."