Wout Weghorst has moved to explain why he touched the sign at Anfield before kick-off at the weekend.

The Dutch striker has come in for criticism, with fans on social media saying he was showing too much respect to Liverpool.

The Mail described his actions as an outrage, in capital letters.

Weghorst himself has a difference stance, saying his actions were designed to wind up his Dutch colleague Virgil van Dijk.

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Weghorst explanation

Weghorst had clearly seen the criticism online and in the media and felt he had to have his say.

He wrote on an Instagram story post: “Normally I don’t comment on media topics, but this time it’s worth it for United’s great supporters. I know from the national team that Virgil van Dijk always touches that sign. I wanted to tease him by preventing him from touching it.”

Weghorst went on to add: “As a child I was always a supporter of FC Twente, now I am a proud player of Manchester United. My involvement in this incredible club cannot be questioned. 

“Sunday was an off day for all of us. Together we will come back stronger and achieve our goals for this season.” Those goals are big: Weghorst also wants to win the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League with his club in addition to the League Cup that has already been won.”

With all that said, Weghorst’s decision to touch the sign wasn’t a good look for a Manchester United player.

However, the striker should not be used as a vessel for fans to vent anger at the 7-0 defeat.

Satisfied with his explanation or not, it doesn’t matter. Weghorst and the United players need support.

This was a striker who shed tears because he was so happy a week ago to lift the first trophy of his professional career as he helped Manchester United win the Carabao Cup.

He is desperate to earn a permanent move to the club, and whatever your views on that, Weghorst’s commitment to the cause should not be in doubt. He works harder than most players when he is on the pitch, and he will continue to do so whenever he is called upon.

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