There was a familiar celebration at Old Trafford on Saturday, but not from the player you might expect.
Fans have seen plenty of Cristiano Ronaldo’s trademark ‘Siu’ celebration with his five goals in seven games since his return to Manchester United, most recently a 95th-minute winner against Villarreal in the Champions League.
But as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side returned to Premier League action against Everton, Andros Townsend couldn’t resist celebrating in Ronaldo-esque fashion as his strike earned the visitors a draw.
The Toffees winger raced towards the travelling supporters before leaping in the air and landing with his arms pointed behind his back.
However, Townsend’s intentions were clear in his post-match reaction, claiming it’s a sign of respect to Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo.
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The 30-year-old insisted it was not a dig at the five-time Ballon d’Or winner – in fact, quite the opposite.
“It’s a mark of respect to a guy who influenced my career,” he said. “I spent many hours on the training pitch and in the video room trying to analyse his free-kicks and his stepovers and the way he dedicates himself to football.
“So it wasn’t an imitation, it was a mark of respect to one of my idols. I probably didn’t do the celebration justice and didn’t execute it perfectly.”