Douglas Luiz celebrates his goal with a 'shoulder shake'; in front of Raphael Varane Photo: PA/Martin Rickett
Douglas Louis had to be separated from Raphael Varane after his goal celebrations backfired during Manchester United's late winner at Villa Park.
Louis twitched his shoulders during the match with Raphael Varane. Varane as he equalized (see video below), but after Scott McTominay's 86th-minute winner he was confronted by United's centre-back and referee Robert Jones had to step between the players.
Douglas Louis found a goal for Aston Villa! 🔥
Game on 👀 pic.twitter.com/AQOUEUY7c7
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Former United captain Rio Ferdinand subsequently mocked Luiz, posting a photo of the celebration with a laughing emoji and the Brazilian asking: “Are you okay?”
< p>Erik ten Hag, United's coach, did not see the celebration but added: “I haven't spoken to the players, maybe it's fueling it, I don't know.” The couple headed down the tunnel after the final whistle, but did not recognize each other.
The flashpoint came late in United's win as they took the lead through Rasmus Hoylund and then kept their top-four hopes alive. alive with the late McTominay winner. It was a rare away win for United against a team at the top of the table.
“We can beat any opponent away or at home, but sometimes on the road we have to believe in it more,” Ten Hag said. “We could have won at Arsenal, we deserved to win there, we could have won at Liverpool, it's all about belief and this team believed today that we can win.
“There are still many games to go , and we have many more matches to play. we need to move from game to game. There are no easy games. We need to improve our game. The first 20 minutes were very good and then when we win we give them the lead. Our mentality punishes us. Stay on your front foot. We can defend very well in depth, but defend the goal on counterattacks. There is a spirit to unite the belief in victory.”
McTominay also came off the bench to score against Wolves last week and earlier in the season in the win over Brentford. When asked if he was a “super sub,” Ten Hag added: “Yes, but he can also start. You have to give credit to a player like Scott. Today he is an example for many players. Nowadays there are not many players who are ready to be on the field every minute. Today we saw another example. He is always ready to step forward and change the situation.”