Who did it better? Real Sociedad mascot hilariously mocks Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating ‘siu’ after LaLiga side top Europa League group
Cristiano Ronaldo was hilariously mocked by Real Sociedad’s club mascot who imitated the striker’s famous ‘siu’ celebration after United’s 1-0 Europa League win over the Spanish side.
Both sides had already qualified for the knockout stages of the tournament, with Sociedad topping Group E, and despite losing to Erik ten Hag’s side, their mascot, named ‘Txurdin’, walked over to supporters behind the goal to cheer them on to celebrate first place.
Jumping up and down, the mascot, which is a football with a crown on it, continued to copy the infamous celebration of the Portuguese, with the Sociedad fans returning him.
Real Sociedad’s mascot (right) hilariously mocked Cristiano Ronaldo (left) on Thursday night
Alejandro Garnacho (pictured) scored the only goal of the game to give United a 1-0 win
Alejandro Garnacho’s first-half strike was the only goal of the game but failed to put the Mancunians at the top of the group, with United needing a win and two goals to finish above the Blue and Whites.
Interestingly, it appeared that the 18-year-old asked the former Galactico if he could do his celebration after scoring his first goal for the senior team on Thursday.
United could now face either Barcelona or Juventus in the knockout stages of the tournament.
The 18-year-old (pictured) appeared to ask the former Galactico if he could do his celebration
Man United could also be drawn against Sporting Lisbon in the knockout stages and the prospect of facing their former football prodigy, Ronaldo, in the last 16 has their manager Ruben Amorim spooked.
When asked about the possible reunion with Ronaldo, Amorim jokingly said: ‘We don’t want Manchester United, but if we have to, Ronaldo stays on the bench, so he doesn’t score goals.’
While anyone drawn by United will be concerned about the talent CR7 possesses, they should also be concerned about young Argentine Garnacho, who put in a stunning performance against Real Sociedad.
United needed to win by two or more goals to top the group and avoid a tough last 16 tie
“Going off the evidence we’ve seen, he’s played twice and he’s been great,” Owen Hargreaves told BT Sport when asked about the 18-year-old’s current form. ‘Two games so far and he has made the difference.
‘I’m proud of him – when you step on that stage as a young guy you never know, sink or swim. So far he has done well.’
Paul Scholes, who was also on punditry, agreed and said: ‘I’m really happy for the young lad, he’s been United’s best player.
‘He is a young boy, he will learn. His attitude has changed and we see the benefits of that, now he really looks like a top-class young player.’
United will take on a struggling Aston Villa at Villa Park this weekend, with a win capable of lifting the Red Devils to joint third in the Premier League table.