Manchester United star Wout Weghorst has now explained his controversial action that caused a stir ahead of their 7-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.
United were handed their heaviest defeat in Premier League history on the weekend when Reds forwards Mohamed Salah, Cody Gakpo and Darwin Nunez each bagged a brace in their triumph over the Red Devils, with Roberto Firmino sealing the embarrassing result with a goal of his own.
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With many talking points arising from the match, one of the most contentious moments came just before kick-off, when Weghorst appeared to be seen tapping the famous "This is Anfield" sign in the tunnel, the same gesture Liverpool players traditionally do before taking to the field.
A clip of the incident has since made the rounds on social media, with a large number of United supporters unimpressed with the Dutch centre-forward's apparent action.
This has prompted the striker to issue a statement, explaining the bizarre incident to Red Devils fans who were left confused by the situation.
In a post uploaded to Instagram, he wrote: "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."
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