Manchester United secured their third consecutive victory in the Premier League with a commanding 3-0 win against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday. Red Devils Alejandro Garncaho, Marcus Rashford, and Antony Martial all found the back of the net in the match.
The teenage sensation of Manchester United made an instant impact on his inclusion in the starting line-up by scoring a spectacular overhead bicycle kick. Despite receiving praise, the forward has also faced criticism from former Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal for imitating Ronaldo’s celebration.
Garnacho draws criticism from Vidal
The 19-year-old received his fifth league start of the season and went on to score the opener for his side early in the game, in the 3rd minute, courtesy of a cross from Diego-Dalot on the right flank. Garnchao rose high in the air to execute a stunning overhead kick, finding the top corner.
Alejandro Garnacho’s goal is already a standout moment of the season and a strong contender for the Puskas Award. The early lead set the tone for the game, as Manchester United faced no problems from Everton, who have recently been handed a 10-point deduction penalty by the Premier League. The visitors secured all three points.
Following the wonder goal, Garnacho celebrated with the famous Siuuuu gesture, reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo. In response, former Bayern Munich midfielder Vidal called out the player for his post-goal celebration.
Arturo Vidal said, “It’s good that he is his idol, but he has to make his name. The only bad thing, or what I didn’t understand, is why he celebrates like Cristiano. I don’t understand why he doesn’t celebrate in his own way, It’s good that he is his idol, but he has to make his name. He is already a great player.
He added, “I respect that Ronaldo is Garnacho’s idol, but he has to make his own name, or else he will always remain in the shadows. Celebrate it in another way. Nonetheless, it was a great goal, undeniably a great goal.”
Garnacho’s devotion to Cristiano Ronaldo not a secret
It’s no secret that the young Manchester United player is a massive Cristiano Ronaldo fanboy, going beyond idolization to mimicking his celebrations and even sporting a GOAT tattoo on his leg in homage to the Portuguese superstar. Despite being Argentine and having played alongside Messi in the national team, his unwavering support remains in favor of Ronaldo.
The duo had shared the pitch at Manchester United last year before Ronaldo and Ten Hag had a fallout, ultimately leading to his move to the Saudi Pro League outfit Al-Nassr in January. Recently, the teenager has been advised by his boss Eric Ten Hag, not to compare himself with Cristiano Ronaldo but rather to focus on his own development.