Andros Townsend: Previous Trafford celebration ‘mark of respect’ for Cristiano Ronaldo

Andros Townsend stated he did not do the celebration justice

There was a well-recognized celebration at Previous Trafford on Saturday, however not from the participant you would possibly anticipate.

Followers have seen loads of Cristiano Ronaldo’s trademark ‘Siu’ celebration together with his 5 objectives in seven video games since his return to Manchester United, most just lately a Ninety fifth-minute winner in opposition to Villarreal within the Champions League.

However as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s facet returned to Premier League motion in opposition to Everton, Andros Townsend could not resist celebrating in Ronaldo-esque trend as his strike earned the guests a 1-1 draw.

The Toffees winger raced in the direction of the travelling supporters earlier than leaping within the air and touchdown together with his arms pointed behind his again.

The 30-year-old insisted it was not a dig on the five-time Ballon d’Or winner – in actual fact, fairly the other.

“It is a mark of respect to a man who influenced my profession,” he stated.

“I spent many hours on the coaching pitch and within the video room making an attempt to analyse his free-kicks and his stepovers and the way in which he dedicates himself to soccer.

“So it wasn’t an imitation, it was a mark of respect to one in all my idols. I most likely did not do the celebration justice and did not execute it completely.”

The Portuguese himself had little influence after his 57th-minute introduction from the bench in opposition to the Blues.

When requested why Ronaldo did not begin, United boss Solskjaer stated: “Me and him, we perceive greater than the specialists and journalists for instance.

“It is about choosing the right moments to play him, to not play him. He isn’t a younger pet any extra, however he is as skilled as ever and able to come on and he got here on as we speak with power and good perspective.”

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