‘It was 12 against 10 from the start!’: Manchester United fans are furious as footage emerges of childhood Liverpool fan Wout Weghorst touching the iconic This Is Anfield sign in the tunnel before hammering 7-0
Manchester United fans took to Twitter to vent their anger after footage emerged of striker Wout Weghorst touching the iconic ‘This Is Anfield’ sign in the tunnel ahead of Sunday’s 7-0 defeat to Liverpool.
United supporters were far from pleased with their new star’s antics over what turned out to be a heavy defeat for their arch-rivals, with Weghorst seemingly adding insult to injury.
Liverpool fans regularly reach out to touch the famous sign on their way onto the pitch, but the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Cody Gakpo and Trent Alexander-Arnold found themselves in the odd position of being joined by their rival.
The Dutch striker has spoken out as a childhood Reds fan in the past, but judging by the reaction of several irate supporters, the new footage is evidence enough for the Burnley mercenary to have his contract terminated.
One particularly irate supporter wrote, “I don’t care about his Carabao Cup pictures anymore. He must leave the club at the end of his 6 months. THIS VIDEO is enough to make him go. How on earth can you touch the Anfield board as a MAN UNITED player?’
Wout Weghorst has left Manchester United fans outraged on Twitter over his antics in the tunnel on Sunday
The Burnley mercenary was spotted touching Liverpool’s iconic This Is Anfield sign ahead of the 7-0 attack
A second agreed, declaring, “Terminate his contract.”
For a third fan, the humiliating result was the result of superstition, claiming, “Now that 7-0 makes more sense, you never touch that board, as a rival team always ends badly.”
And a fourth had clearly changed his mind about the big centre-forward, adding: ‘Disgusting, actually started to like the chap.’
Weghorst was loaned to United for six months in January and would return to parent club Burnley after his loan at Besiktas was terminated to facilitate Turf Moor’s brief move to Old Trafford.
And while he described his move to the Red Devils as a ‘dream come true’ in January, the hard work he’s put in to endear himself to the United faithful now seems undone.
The Dutch striker has struggled since arriving at Old Trafford with just a goal and an assist in 14 appearances
I’ve always found Liverpool very special. I still get goosebumps from ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. There are also other big English clubs, and I’ve always liked Milan because so many Dutch players played there’, Weghorst told DAZN in 2020.
And in 2018 he told The Telegraph: ‘I have dreamed [playing for Liverpool] since childhood.’
As a youthful Reds fan, Weghorst may have been aware of the deep-seated rivalry between two of the country’s most historically successful clubs, but Sunday’s game appears to have suffered a momentary loss of judgment.
And that delay has left some fans claiming their side was doomed from the start, despite colliding with better form and just winning a first piece of silverware in six years.
One Twitter user wrote, “It was 12 to 10 from the start.”
Another agreed, adding, “We lost the game before it even started, bro.”
Weghorst and United were humbled in a 7-0 win for Liverpool against their nemesis
Despite staying in the game for much of the first half, United were 1-0 down at half-time after a brilliant strike from Gakpo, but things quickly went from bad to worse for the visitors.
Within five minutes of the second half, Liverpool were 3–0 up before adding a further four goals in 38 minutes to complete a record-breaking defeat with Gakpo, Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah all scoring twice with Firmino grabbing the seventh .
Weghorst has scored just once since arriving at Old Trafford in 14 appearances, but has been deployed under compatriot Erik ten Hag as second striker and an outright No. 9.
He will be tasked with mending the newly created gap between him and the supporters, but with the club taking on Real Betis in the Europa League on Thursday, he could bridge the gap somewhat with a goal.