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Townsend trolls Ronaldo by mocking celebration after scoring vs Man Utd

Townsend fired home a superb equaliser for Everton following Anthony Martial’s opener and took his moment to recreate Ronaldo’s famed routine just minutes after the forward had come on as sub

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Andros Townsend delivered a suckerpunch to Manchester United with an equalising goal at Old Trafford – then followed it up by mocking his “idol” Cristiano Ronaldo’s celebration.

United were a goal ahead thanks to Anthony Martial’s first-half strike in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off, the Frenchman getting the nod over Ronaldo who was named among the substitutes.

But with the game still tightly poised, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turned to the Portuguese superstar just before the hour mark.

But just minutes later Everton hit back with the leveller, mounting a sweeping breakaway move for Townsend to finish expertly past David de Gea.

Townsend then raced to the corner flag before jumping high into the air and recreating Ronaldo’s ‘Siu’ celebration, right in front of the United fans.



Andros Townsend recreates Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘Siu’ celebration after his goal
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United were caught wanting on the counter attack, as Demarai Gray fed the ball into the path of Abdoulaye Doucoure’s driving run, before the midfielder set Townsend away for a low, driven finish.

Ronaldo was up in arms up the field as he showed his frustration at the goal conceded.

It comes after Townsend admitted he modelled his game on Ronaldo during his childhood.

“Him at Man United, that was my era growing up,” Townsend told Mirror Sport at a FIFA 22 launch party.

“I’d just come out of school, I was going into full-time football and he was at the top of his game.

“He was one of my idols, a player who I looked at to improve my game. I wanted to copy the best player in the world and at that time, that was Cristiano Ronaldo.









“He was a winger, who was tricky and quick, and he invented things we hadn’t seen before, like the way he struck a ball for his knuckle ball, his stepovers.

“He got all of us on the training pitch trying to work out how he got so much movement on the ball with his knuckle ball, how he did stepovers that quick.”

That will provide little comfort for Ronaldo, who was given a rest in the opening stages of the match as Solskjaer opted to ring the changes.

Paul Pogba and Jadon Sancho also started on the bench but were called upon in the second half, with United looking to avoid a successive Premier League game without a win.







Asked to explain his team selection prior to kick-off, Solskjaer said: “Well Wednesday night [vs Villarreal] was a big effort, big emotional and physical output. So we needed to freshen it up, we knew it’s an early kick off.

“The start of this game is going to be very important and we’ve got some very good players coming on as well so we believe it’s a team that is going to take charge of the game.”

Solskjaer had already hinted he would be leaving Ronaldo out of his starting XI when discussing the forward’s last-gasp Champions League winner with reporters at his press conference on Friday.

“At his age, he’s still fit. Of course we’ve got to manage him, got to make sure he can keep going with his form,” the United boss said. “He’s a very good example for everyone in how he prepares, how he conducts himself.”


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