Carlos Tevez came back to haunt his former club as Manchester City edged out Manchester United 2-1 on Tuesday night at Eastlands in the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final.
The Argentina forward, discarded by United in the summer, scored both goals as City took a narrow advantage into the second leg at Old Trafford.
In a pulsating match, United took the lead after 17 minutes when captain Ryan Giggs scored from close range after Wayne Rooney’s shot was well saved by Shay Given.
But City were the better team for long periods, and Tevez equalized from the penalty spot three minutes before half-time after Craig Bellamy was judged to have been fouled by Rafael.
Tevez then headed in Vincent Kompany’s cross on 65 minutes to give City the lead. Goalkeeper Given had to save well from Rooney on three separate occasions to deny United an equalizer.
FA to investigate incident
Manchester United captain Gary Neville is being investigated by the English FA over his one-fingered gesture directed at former teammate Carlos Tevez during the loss.
Neville was warming up on the sideline as Tevez celebrated his penalty.
Tevez appeared to gesticulate toward Neville as if to say you talk too much, seemingly in reponse to the defender’s comments that United manager Alex Ferguson was right in letting Tevez go.
Neville’s gesture was captured on camera and brought more taunts from Tevez.
The FA said on Wednesday it would investigate the incident.