When the Everton winger scored and copied his celebration at Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo barely saw Andros Townsend the whole time.
Serial winner Ronaldo was undoubtedly disappointed to see his side drop to three points at home in the Premier League, with Townsend’s second-half strike canceling Anthony Martial’s opener.
The Toffee winger launched a clever counter-attack and went on to imitate Ronaldo’s ‘needle’ celebration in front of the traveling fans.
Townsend tried to talk to Ronaldo the whole time, but it appears the 36-year-old great was in no mood as he issued a brief response and barely looked at the Englishman.
After this Ronaldo came down from the tunnel.
Townsend was questioned about the celebration after the game, saying it was a tribute to his ‘idol’ Ronaldo, not a mockery of it.
He told BT Sport: “This man is my idol. I grew up watching Cristiano Ronaldo and I spent hours on the training pitch trying to master his techniques.
“Maybe I should have spent a little more time on the festivities because it wasn’t great but it was out of respect for Cristiano and it’s an honor to be in the same field as him.”
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Townsend received a free transfer to Everton in the summer after leaving Crystal Palace.
The winger has since scored five goals in all competitions this season – silencing those who questioned a first-place transfer.
The Englishman says he struggled to analyze why he wasn’t scoring regularly, but it looks like its investigation has paid off.
He said: “It’s been hard for me to try to analyze why I’m not scoring regularly with the quality that I have in both legs, but I’m working on the training zone.
“The manager he demands the best and got the best out of me when I was at Newcastle and he’s getting the best out of me right now.
“If I keep working hard and listen to the manager, hopefully I can get on the scoresheet.
“He’s nonstop. If I score in the top corner, he tells me I have to put it in the bottom corner.
“If I cross wide he says I need to get in the pocket.
“He never pats you on the back because he knows he has that quality in the dressing room and he always thinks there’s a high ceiling to reach and I love that.
“I am repaying their trust in a moment and may this continue for a long time.”
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