Wout Weghorst explains why he touched ‘This Is Anfield’ signal after Manchester United fan backlash
Manchester United (opens in new tab) striker Wout Weghorst has revealed why he touched Liverpool (opens in new tab)‘s iconic ‘This Is Anfield’ signal forward of Sunday’s 7-0 eviscertaion by the Reds.
Footage surfaced on social media of the Dutchman tapping the well-known tunnel motif – one thing you usually solely see Liverpool gamers doing, for luck.
Nicely, if the humiliating result’s something to, the motion has the alternative impact on visiting gamers – though Weghorst insists that he had motive for breaking with custom: apparently, it was to unsettle Reds defender and Netherlands teammate Virgil van Dijk.
Reacting to inevitable criticism from United followers, the 30-year-old – who’s on mortgage from Burnley till the top of the season – wrote on his Instagram (opens in new tab) story:
“Usually, I by no means react on media subjects, however for this one it is price it since you wonderful United followers are so necessary to me. So I simply need to make clear the video that’s doing the rounds.
“From the [Netherlands] nationwide group, I do know that Virgil all the time touches the signal, and I went to cease him touching it to try to wind him up earlier than the sport.
“As a baby, I all the time supported FC Twente, and as a proud participant now for Manchester United, my dedication to this unbelievable membership can by no means be questioned.
“Sunday was a horrible day for all of us; we’re placing every thing into making it proper within the subsequent weeks. We’ll bounce again collectively and obtain our goals this season!”
United are again in motion on Thursday evening as they host Actual Betis within the first leg of their Europa League final 16 tie, earlier than entertaining Southampton within the Premier League on Sunday.