Carlos Tevez is expecting a 'good reception' upon his return to Old Trafford if he is fit for Sunday's derby.
While Ferdinand suggests Liverpool are still United's biggest rivals
Carlos Tevez is expecting a 'good reception' upon his return to Old Trafford as Rio Ferdinand suggests Manchester City are still not Manchester United's biggest rivals.
Argentine ace Tevez is battling to shake off a knee injury to be available to face United for the first time since leaving the Premier League champions in the summer.
Tevez was a popular figure with United fans before his move to City and is not expecting to be treated badly if he is fit to play in Sunday's game, live on Sky Sports 1 & HD1
"I expect to have a good reception," said Tevez in the Daily Telegraph
. "While at United, I always gave my best and I had good relations with the fans.
"They know I did everything while at Old Trafford to try to score the goals that would help the team win matches, so I don't know why I should have a bad reception.
"What will I do if I score a goal? Well, I will be glad, but I don't think too much about that right now.
"The important thing is that Manchester City win the game. If I don't score, but we can get the three points, I will be very happy."
Meanwhile, United defender Ferdinand, who is also a doubt for the match, says Tevez's decision to join City shows Mark Hughes' side are not their chief rivals.
Ferdinand told The Sun
: "The fact Carlos Tevez went to City speaks volumes about the rivalries between Manchester United and both Manchester City and Liverpool.
"Carlos said he wanted to respect the fans by not joining Liverpool.
"But he thought it was OK to then join City. That just shows what the biggest rivalry really is."