Manchester United fans have spotted Raphael Varane’s sneaky move towards Douglas Luiz following Scott McTominay’s dramatic winner against Aston Villa on Sunday.
Man United beat Villa 2-1 as they closed the gap on Unai Emery’s side to five points, making history in the process.
Rasmus Hojlund opened the scoring in the 17th minute to continue his impressive goal-scoring streak.
In the second half, Villa leveled through Luiz who scored from close range and seemed to aim a celebration at Andre Onana.
Luiz had shimmied his shoulders at Varane when he scored an equalizer but was confronted by the United centre-back after Scott McTominay’s 86th-minute winner, with referee Robert Jones needing to get between the players.
Scott McTominay, who replaced Marcus Rashford in the 73rd minute, headed home from Diogo Dalot’s cross to score his team’s winner.
During the celebrations for McTominay’s goal, Varane confronted Luiz after he retrieved the ball. They exchanged words before match referee Robert Jones intervened.
The incident between the Brazilian midfielder and the French defender didn’t go unnoticed by Manchester United fans on social media.
One X user wrote: “Spotted that too, no f**king idea where this myth he’s only here for the money came from. He loves United.”
A second tweeted: “Celebrating so smugly in front of Varane (for an equaliser no less) was so weird. Just like Maupay doing the same thing in front of Maddison. Both were on the losing side eventually.”
A third added: “Luiz wasn’t shimmying then.”
Man United had the last laugh as they secured a priceless victory at Villa Park as they fight for Champions League qualification.
After the match, Erik ten Hag was asked about Luiz’s celebration.
“I don’t have an opinion on it. I haven’t spoken to the players. It may have fuelled the players. I don’t know,” he said.
“We have to think about our game. Not about the opposition. We always want to control the game and dictate it. That should be our approach.”
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Rio Ferdinand ridicules Douglas Luiz
Former United captain Rio Ferdinand ridiculed Luiz afterwards by posting a photo of the celebration with laughter emojis, asking the Brazilian “U ok”?
Erik ten Hag, the United manager, had not seen the celebration but added: “I haven’t spoken to the players, maybe it’s fuelizing (fuelling), I don’t know.” The pair headed down the tunnel after the final whistle but did not acknowledge each other.
The flashpoint happened at the end of a United win where they took the lead through Rasmus Hojlund, then kept their top-four hopes alive with McTominay’s late winner. It was a rare away win for United against a team challenging at the top of the table.
“We can beat any opponent away or home but sometimes away we have to believe it more,” said Ten Hag. “We could have won in Arsenal, we deserved to win there, we could have won in Liverpool, it is about belief and this team today believed we could win.
“There are still many games to play and we have to go from game to game. There are no easy games. We have to improve our game. The first 20 minutes were very good and then when we are winning we give them the initiative. We get punished by our mentality. Keep on the front foot. We can defend very good deep but defend a goal on the counter. The spirit is there, to get the belief together winning.”
McTominay also came off the bench to score against Wolves last week and earlier in the season when he rescued a win against Brentford. When asked if he is a “super sub”, Ten Hag added: “He is but he can also start. You have to credit a player like Scott. He is an example for many players these days. There are not many players any more who are ready for every minute they can be on the pitch. Today we have seen another example. He is always ready to come on and make a difference.”