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Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez has admitted that he will not celebrate if he scores at Upton Park this afternoon.

The Red Devils head to east London this afternoon with Tevez likely to receive a warm welcome after becoming a firm favourite with the Hammers' fans during his spell at the club where he helped them avoid relegation.

According to the Argentinean, the feeling is completely mutual, and speaking to The People he admitted respect for the fans would curtail any goalscoring celebrations.

“In the year I was with West Ham, the fans were completely behind me - although I did find it difficult when I wasn't being picked in the team,†said Tevez.

“Their support is worth its weight in gold for me. For a long time I have received thank-you letters from West Ham fans for the effort of that incredible run-in to the season when we avoided being relegated against all odds.

“I have so much respect for West Ham fans that I will not celebrate if I score. They understand that at United and there is no problem.â€

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Tevez also admitted that he would always remain indebted to the Hammers for giving him a chance in English football, but that despite his strong feelings he would still be hoping to guide United to victory.

“I can't hide the fact that West Ham is my second team after Manchester United,†he said.

“West Ham gave me the chance to show that I could play here and that means a lot to me.

“I suffer a lot in these types of games but I am a professional, I owe United and I want to win.â€

West Ham have beaten Sir Alex Ferguson's side on their last two visits to Upton Park, yet having been replaced by Liverpool at the top of the table yesterday, Tevez is keen to pick up three points.

“This type of game is where titles get decided. We cannot afford to relax or take anything for granted,†he explained. “We have to show that we are the current champions and the leaders. Our main rivals are Liverpool but it is in our own hands.â€

A draw would be enough for the Red Devils to return to the summit and Tevez admitted that if they maintain their current form, he believes they will claim the Premier League title. He said, “If we keep up with the way we've been playing in all competitions, then the title wil be ours.â€
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