Cristiano Ronaldo’s gesture to Andros Townsend after he copied his celebration

Manchester United stumbled at Old Trafford after a 1-1 draw against Everton and it was Andros Townsend to score the equaliser and he celebrated by copying Cristiano Ronaldo’s famous routine

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Cristiano Ronaldo had a brilliant reaction to Andros Townsend copying his celebration on Saturday afternoon.

Manchester United could only manage a 1-1 draw against Everton at Old Trafford despite going ahead through Anthony Martial in the second-half.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a big call to drop Ronaldo to the bench but it worked with the attack looking fluid with Martial combining well with Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood.

The 36-year-old’s introduction seemed to stifle United’s attack as Everton grew back into the match and deserved their equaliser through Townsend.

And the former Crystal Palace winger celebrated in one way the Old Trafford crowd knows well – by performing Ronaldo’s ‘Siu’ celebration.

Andros Townsend copied Cristiano Ronaldo’s celebration as Everton drew 1-1 with Man Utd



Some took it as a slight dig at the Portugal international after he had just come on the pitch but Townsend insisted it was a mark of respect.

At full-time, the 30-year-old looked to speak to the five-time Ballon d’Or winner as he stormed off the pitch furious at the result.

However, Townsend eventually got gifted Ronaldo’s shirt after he showed fans on Instagram his newest prize.

He said: “This guy is my idol. I was not imitating, it’s just a mark of respect to a guy who influenced my career.

“I grew up watching Cristiano Ronaldo and spent hours on the training pitch trying to execute his techniques.

“I spent many hours on the training pitch and in the video room trying to analyse his free-kicks and his stepovers and the way he dedicates himself to football.

“Maybe I should have spent a bit longer on the celebration because it wasn’t great.

“But it was out of respect for Cristiano and the way he dedicated himself to football and it is an honour to be on the same field.”

Eyebrows were raised before a ball had even been kicked when the news broke that Ronaldo was on the bench for United.

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He cut a frustrated figure throughout the contest as he walked off the pitch.

However, Solskjaer insisted he is doing his best to manage Ronaldo’s fitness with the striker 36 and having already played a substantial amount of football this season.

He said: “Me and him, we understand more than the experts and journalists for example.

“It’s about picking the right moments to play him, to not play him. He’s not a young puppy any more, but he’s as professional as ever and ready to come on and he came on today with energy and good attitude.”

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