'I wanted to wind Van Dijk up' – Weghorst explains touching 'This is Anfield' sign before Liverpool thrashing

Getty Images

Wout Weghorst claims he was trying to "wind up" Virgil van Dijk by touching the 'This is Anfield' sign before Manchester United's 7-0 humiliation at Liverpool.

Sunday's thrashing was United's joint-worst defeat in their history, as Erik ten Hag's side conceded six second-half goals to completely collapse at the home of their fierce rivals.

Following the drubbing, a video circulated of Weghorst touching the famous sign in the tunnel of Anfield, sparking fury from United fans.

Weghorst, who has scored just once in 14 appearances since signing on loan from Burnley in January, says he was simply trying to get under the skin of Netherlands team-mate Van Dijk.

"Normally I never react on media topics, but for this one it's worth it because you amazing United fans are so important to me," Weghorst posted on Instagram. "I just want to clarify the video that is doing the rounds.

"From the national team, I know that Virgil always touches that sign and I went to stop him touching it to try and wind him up before the game.

"As a child I always supported FC Twente, and as a proud player now for Manchester United, my dedication to this incredible club can never be questioned.

"Sunday was a terrible day for all of us, we are putting everything into making it right in the next weeks.

"We will bounce back together and achieve our aims this season!"

United will look to hit back from Sunday's defeat when they take on Real Betis in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie on Thursday, hoping to get back to their form from prior to the Liverpool match which had seen them not taste defeat in 11 matches in all competitions and claim the EFL Cup with victory over Newcastle United.