Explained: Why Wout Weghorst touched 'This is Anfield' sign in horrible 'wind him up' mistake before Liverpool thrashing

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Manchester United striker Wout Weghorst responded to criticism of his pre-match antics before a 7-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday.
  • Weghorst touched 'This is Anfield' sign
  • Has received criticism for doing so
  • Has explained why he did it

WHAT HAPPENED? Weghorst, already struggling since joining United, made the ill-fated choice to touch the famous sign in an effort to wind up Liverpool. It didn't work, of course, as the Reds handed his team their worst-ever Premier League defeat.

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WHAT THEY SAID: "Normally I never react on media topics, but for this one, it's worth it because you amazing United fans are important to me," Weghorst said in a statement. "So I just want to clarify the video that is doing the rounds.

"From the national team, I know that Virgil [van Dijk] always touches that sign and I went to stop him touching it to try and wind him up before the game. As a child I always supported FC Twente, and as a proud player now for Manchester United, my dedication to this incredible club can never be questioned."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Erik ten Hag has taken a harsh approach with his squad this week after the 7-0 result at Anfield, trying to harden the mentality of his players to avoid similar meltdowns in the future.

Weghorst, meanwhile, has made trolling opponents a habit, memorably squabbling with Lionel Messi at the World Cup in an incident that has led him to be teased by club team-mate Lisandro Martinez.



Virgil van Dijk Liverpool 2022-23

Erik ten Hag Manchester United West Ham FA Cup 2022-23

WHAT NEXT FOR MAN UTD? Weghorst could feature in Thursday's Europa League match against Real Betis at Old Trafford.