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Wout Weghorst performs 'kiss of death' on ball then celebrates Victor Lindelof winner with knee slide

Jack Kenmare

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Wout Weghorst performs 'kiss of death' on ball then celebrates Victor Lindelof winner with knee slide

Manchester United forward Wout Weghorst delivered a so-called 'kiss of death' before Brighton midfielder Solly March blazed his penalty over the crossbar.

The 30-year-old Netherlands international, who has been a regular starter at Old Trafford since his January arrival, replaced Bruno Fernandes in the 101st minute of Sunday's semi-final.

He struggled to make much of an impact in the latter stages but to his credit, the Burnley loanee sent Seagulls goalkeeper Robert Sanchez the wrong way with a cool penalty.

After slotting away with ease, Weghorst proceeded to plant a 'kiss of death' on the ball before handing it over to Solly March, who proceeded to blaze over from 12 yards.

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United centre-back Victor Lindelof soon converted his penalty to send United into the FA Cup final, where they will play local rivals Manchester City on June 3.

And moments later, a delighted Weghorst sprinted straight over to the Manchester United end – which was on the opposite side to the shoot-out – before delivering an impressive knee-slide.

Here is that incredible moment. Shades of Adebayor, when he ran the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the Arsenal fans, anyone?

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Fans were quick to react to Weghorst's antics both during and after the penalty shoot-out at Wembley.

One said: "Wout Weghorst was always going to face criticism after replacing Cristiano Ronaldo, but he’ll be remembered as a Man Utd cult hero. This is one of the reasons why."

A second wrote: "This video is definitely fake. Wout Weghorst does not move that quickly. What the?" while another commented: "Man I'm in a love hate relationship with Weghorst. One day I love him the next he pisses me off."

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A fourth added: "Love this! The lad is living his dream."

There has been a mixture of criticism and praise for Weghorst during his loan spell at Old Trafford. Back in March, he insisted he is "doing a good job" for the team, despite facing criticism from certain figures in the football world.

Displaying great hold-up play and work ethic in some of his outings, the former Wolfsburg man has impressed some.

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But others aren't convinced, including the likes of Paul Scholes and Richard Keys, who said the Dutchman has to be "the worst player I’ve ever seen in a United jersey."

That being said, Weghorst is happy with his contribution. While on international duty last month, he said: "That’s a lot of matches and it shows the trust in me.

"It also shows that I am doing a good job for the team. That was the thing I wanted when I came here – to contribute and try and help the club to be successful to win trophies. We have one now."

He added: “Am I living a dream? Certainly. In my opinion, this is the absolute top and one of the largest clubs in the world.

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“I feel like I'm very much in my place. I am super happy, very happy. I play at a beautiful level and can be of value as a basic player. That makes me a happy man.”


Featured Image Credit: BBC Sport/Twitter

Topics: Wout Weghorst, Manchester United, Brighton And Hove Albion, FA Cup

Jack Kenmare
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