The unfortunate result of Manchester United’s match with Liverpool has been made worse by the off-field headlines surrounding Wout Weghorst. While this is the first time any Manchester United fan has accused one of their own players of being a Liverpool supporter, footage emerged on social media in which the Dutch striker could be seen touching the iconic ‘This is Anfield’ sign before kick-off, prompting much criticism from fans. For now, Weghorst and his representatives deny the accusations but it remains to be seen how this story develops in the coming days and weeks as supporters continue to urge Weghorst to clarify why he chose to touch the sign before an important game between two bitter rivals.
Max Weghorst made headlines recently when he controversially touched the famous sign that sits above the tunnel at Anfield before heading onto the much cherished football pitch. It was an unambiguously bold gesture, especially as he was walking into the line of fire of Jurgen Klopp’s vaunted Liverpool side. Of course Jurgen Klopp has become a giant in his own right and so it is no surprise that Weghorst was met with some derision. Klopp meanwhile watched events unfold as his side faced their formidable opponents and how he responded to such brazen behavior will be a topic of conversation for some time to come.
It was a day that will live in infamy at Old Trafford, as the Dutchman on loan from Burnley failed to deliver a goal he had been expected to score. The “big” striker had been signed with great enthusiasm by fans of the club last month, yet 14 matches later he had only managed one meagre goal and three assists. His disappointing performance at the match in question left many to question whether he would ever live up to expectations for the team, or if Old Trafford was about to suffer another expensive flop.
It is safe to say that Manchester United forward Wout Weghorst had made the wrong move when he decided to touch the “This is Anfield” sign at Liverpool’s home stadium. While this is usually a tradition for players to do for good luck, it was not followed through by the Dutchman going up against one of his team’s biggest rivals. This wrong decision has caused uproar from United fans demanding an explanation from their player, but as of yet there has been no response from Weghorst himself regarding this incident. It will be interesting to see how the star striker responds or if he faces punishment from manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer once all the details regarding this story become clear in the coming days.