Wout Weghorst explains why he touched ‘This is Anfield’ sign 2 months ago

Wout Weghorst explains why he touched ‘This is Anfield’ sign

A video on social media went viral.

Wout Weghorst has explained the reason why he touched the ‘This is Anfield’ sign before Manchester United’s defeat against Liverpool.


Weghorst has received heavy backlash from United fans after being filmed touching the iconic sign before walking out onto the pitch at Anfield on Sunday.

The 30-year-old released a statement to social media explaining that the reason why he touched it was to wind up his international teammate, and Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk.


In a post on Instagram, he 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. So I just want to clarify the video that is doing the rounds.

“From the National team I know that Virgil 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 for Manchester United, my dedication to this incredible club can never be questioned.

“Sunday was a terrible day for all of us, we are putting everything into making it right in the next weeks. We will bounce back together and achieve our aims this season.”


Since joining on loan from Burnley in January, the forward has just one goal from 10 appearances for Erik ten Hag’s side but has still played an important role.

Ten Hag has used him in an unorthodox number 10 position, just behind in-form Marcus Rashford. He is expected to deputise there on Thursday in United’s Europa League last 16 first leg fixture against Real Betis.

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