Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has lifted the lid on his simmering row with Kevin Davies, claiming the Bolton striker's apparent dislike for him is â€˜bizarre'.
An ongoing clash between the two was the most interesting subplot of Saturday's shock 1-0 win for Wanderers at The Reebok Stadium, and the treatment dished out to United's Frenchman infuriated Sir Alex Ferguson who was sent to the stands for his protests at half-time.
Davies was the prime culprit as he felled Evra on a number of occasions and earned himself a yellow card in the process, but the United defender also thundered into a challenge on his opponent as well in the first half.
Evra has now explained how Davies has borne a grudge against him for a year, and that he was furious with the treatment he received at the hands of Gary Megson's side.
"I received more tackles than I've had in my life,â€ said Evra.
"It was the same last year when he kicked me as well. I said to him then: 'Why do you do a tackle like that?' and he said: 'Because I don't like you'.
"I didn't understand it. Here he did it again. I think his first tackle on me should have been a red card.
"I don't know what the problem is with Davies, because I don't know him. It's bizarre.
"I was very angry. The captain and the others said to me: 'You need to concentrate on the game, you must not react to a bad tackle like that'.
"I also said to the referee: 'You can't play football like that â€” this is not a football game'.
"When I play football I do it to play the ball, not to kick somebody. And I keep my eyes on the ball."