Wout Weghorst enraged Manchester United supporters by touching the iconic ‘This Is Anfield’ sign before Sunday’s 7-0 thrashing.
Footage emerged of on-loan the Red Devils forward Weghorst touching the famous sign in the Liverpool tunnel as both sides walked out before kick-off.
It is customary for Liverpool stars to touch the sign as a mark of respect and superstition before moving out to play, but not for United players to follow suit.
Liverpool stars Virgil van Dijk, Cody Gakpo and Alexander-Arnold all touched the famous sign as they walked under it, but found themselves in an awkward position of being joined by an opponent from their rivals.
Once footage of Weghorst touching the sign emerged on social media, And United fans vented their fury with the player – a boyhood Liverpool fan – who is on loan from Burnley until the end of the campaign.
Weghorst has conceded to being a Liverpool fan growing up, but his decision to pay homage to the Anfield sign left United fans claiming his contract should be terminated with immediate effect.
One furious fan wrote: “I don’t care about his Carabao Cup pics anymore. He has to leave the club at the end of his 6 months. THIS VIDEO is enough to let him go. How the hell can you touch the Anfield sign as a MAN UNITED player?”
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While another added: “Disgusting – was actually starting to like the bloke.”
Weghorst joined the Red Devils on a six-month loan in January and is set to return to Burnley in the summer, after his loan at Besiktas was cancelled to allow him join United until the end of the season.
Back in 2020, Weghorst said: “I always found Liverpool very special. I still get goosebumps from ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. There are other great English clubs too, and I always liked Milan because so many Dutch played there.”