Mutton dressed as lamb as the old saying goes.

They might have money but you can’t buy class and that’s never been more evident than during the Premier League title celebrations on the Manchester City bus.

You would have a hard time imagining a Manchester United player ever holding a sign depicting a gravestone akin to the fine artwork on display by the Carlos Tevez.

The controversial Argentine has apologised to Sir Alex Ferguson after holding up a banner at Manchester City’s Premier League victory parade which read “RIP Fergie”.

Tevez was pictured on Monday waving the banner during celebrations, having been given it by a City fan as the squad travelled the streets of Manchester with the Premier League trophy.

Tevez, who played for Ferguson for two years said: “I got carried away in the excitement of the moment and I certainly didn’t mean any disrespect to Sir Alex Ferguson, who I admire as a man and a manager.”

Manchester City also moved to defuse the situation, with a spokesman apologising on behalf of the club.

“The creation of the tasteless material is in itself reprehensible and in accepting and brandishing it, Carlos has made a significant error of judgment,” said the spokesman.

“The club wishes to express its sincerest apologies to Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United Football Club for any offence or distress caused.”