The Englishman equalized for Rafael Benitez’s side in the 65th minute when he finished off a swift counter-attack with a pinpoint strike into the far corner.
Townsend then celebrated by running to the corner flag, leaping into the air, and replicating Cristiano Ronaldo ’s iconic ‘Siu’ celebration.
Although not performed with the same power and swagger as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, the celebration by the former Crystal Palace player obviously angered the United faithful.
To make matters worse for the fans, despite, arguably, poking fun at Ronaldo, Townsend went home with his shirt after the match as well, and he thinks that wouldn’t have been the case had the Portuguese forward and seen how he celebrated.
He told talkSPORT : “I made it my goal that I wasn’t leaving Old Trafford without Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt. You saw after the final whistle, I ran straight to him, he was muttering in Portuguese, and I’ve literally asked him three or four times for his shirt and eventually, he gave in and said ‘I’ll give it to you inside.’
“Then I had to wait inside the dressing room and thankfully the kit man was able to sort it for me.
“At the time, when he was walking off of the pitch, I don’t think he saw the celebration because I think the camera cut to him and he was giving a bit to his players. I think if he’d seen the celebration first then there’s no way I’m getting that shirt.”
Townsend has scored three goals and registered two assists since he arrived at Goodison Park on a free transfer and has looked like one of the signings of the summer so far, though he may have to battle it out with his hero Ronaldo for that title.
The 30-year-old continued: ”We were discussing it (the celebration) on the coach the day before, on the way up to Manchester, and the boys were saying ‘Would you do it if you scored?’ and I said ‘Yeah’.
“They said one thing, ‘make sure we’re either winning or it’s late in the game so Ronaldo doesn’t have a chance to reply.
“I got a bit carried away, almost buckled, looked up at the clock and it’s like 65minutes, so I’ve given the greatest player of all-time half an hour to make me look silly and score the winner.”
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping that his side can bounce back from this draw after the international break with a win against Leicester City.
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The Norwegian manager will be hoping to have England internationals Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford available for the clash at the King Power Stadium.
Rashford has been sidelined for the first seven games of the season after undergoing surgery on his shoulder which he delayed so that he could be involved with Gareth Southgate’s EURO 2020 squad.
Maguire was absent against the Toffees with a calf injury and is expected to be out of action for a few weeks.