Former Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno has declared he doesn’t “hate” Manchester United despite taunting them following Villarreal’s Europa League final win last season.
Moreno was among the scorers in an epic penalty shoot-out in Gdansk in May when the Spanish side claimed their first major European honour.
The left-back then posted a live video on his Instagram story celebrating in the dressing room during which he said: “For all the fans of Liverpool, vamos (let’s go)! Man United, get out! Get out, Man United, get out.”
The footage went viral and was embraced by Liverpool supporters who were delighted at their bitter North West rivals being beaten.
But with Villarreal facing United at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening in the Champions League, Moreno has sought to clarify the situation.
“I remembered Liverpool a lot because it is in my heart, just like Sevilla,” he said, speaking to Spanish news outlet Marca.
“But that expression that went so viral, I don’t want it to be interpreted as that I hate United.
“It was the result of the ecstasy of the moment. Because you see yourself in a humble club in a humble city, which had never reached a (European) final.
“And beating Manchester United that way on penalties… I was in a cloud. But it was nothing of contempt, nor hatred.