Maguire’s celebration, with the “intruder” indicated (Instagram)
Manchester United prevailed in one of the most vibrant matches of the last day of the Premier League: they beat Leeds 4-2 as visitors. The result was changeable: the Red Devils took advantage of two, those led by Marcelo Bielsa equalized with two shouts in one minute, but in the epilogue the powerful cast that has Cristiano Ronaldo as a flag weighed down their hierarchy.
In that context, Harry Maguire was in charge of opening the scoring at Elland Road, 34 minutes into the match. To celebrate, the 28-year-old defender knelt in front of one of the stands filled with the local public, who expressed his regret at the conquest, or insulted him. The footballer shared a photo of the celebration on his social networks and the post puzzled Man U fans.
It is that among the taciturn-looking fans, a face appears that was clearly edited, added with Photoshop to the image. The protagonist also has an embarrassed gesture. Consequently, among the comments the queries regarding the particularity of the image intensified. “Who is this man?” was the question that was repeated tirelessly. Until Maguire himself revealed the mystery.
The defender of the English national team revealed the identity of the “intruder”: “For all those who ask, he is my good partner, a great fan of Leeds. He was in the stadium, but not in the photo. He’s been giving us a stick all week, so I thought I’d add him.”
Harry’s goal was just the start of an exhilarating duel for the fans. Bruno Fernandes widened the gap for United already in added time of the first leg. But Leeds reacted with goals from Rodrigo Moreno and Brazilian Raphinha, one behind the other. Fred, another member of the Verdeamarela, made it 3-2. And Anthony Elanga, one minute into the epilogue, definitively collapsed the illusions of the owner of the house.
The alternatives of the vibrant triumph of the Red Devils against Leeds
Thus, the Red Devils appear in fourth place in the Premier League standings, seven units behind the leader, Manchester City. Leeds, on the other hand, occupy a disturbing place, just five steps from Watford, the first team in the relegation zone.
Maguire, for his part, managed with his shout to silence the criticism to which he had been subjected, especially for his performances at United. In the run-up to the match, the former Leicester had been ratified as captain by manager Ralph Rangnick.
“They paid too much money for him. When I saw him at Leicester he was a decent player”, Jaap Stam had lashed him a few days ago. With his goal, at least, he will stop being in the eye of the storm for a while. And he managed to “get revenge” on his friend, whom he artificially included in the photo of his celebration.
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