Date: 21st September 2009 at 12:30pm
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I do not, of course, blame Patrice Evra for offering consolation to one of his best friends, Carlos Tevez. This is what grown-ups do when a friend is having problems.

‘It was a little bit difficult, because Carlitos is a good friend,’ Evra told MUTV.

‘I called him before the game and said: ‘I don’t care, when you arrive at Old Trafford we are not friends on the pitch.’

‘But off the pitch, he is one of my best friends from my time playing at United. This is why I was with him at half-time. It was hard when the fans booed him. I understand that he played here and then he joined City, but he is still one of my best friends.’

It was probably hard, especially as Tevez was deluded enough to think that joining City and spending weeks with slagging off the greatest manager of the club for not giving him enough opportunities even though he played in 51 games would not alienate the United fans.

Therefore, he deserves no sympathy for booing. He chose the money and then invented lies about how he had not been given enough opportunities to prove himself. Evra may put an arm round his friend who, I must say, also behaved as a grown-up, but Tevez deserves every jeer that comes his way.