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Ruben Neves defends his celebration signature, not imitating Marcus Rashford

Ruben Neves made it look like he was claiming ownership of his unique move and not just copying Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford.
The 25-year-old Wolves midfielder scored the game-winning goal in his team’s dramatic 3-0 triumph over a directionless Liverpool.
Neves seemed to say that the move was his and not Rashford’s by doing what Rashford does after scoring, which was seen in United’s exciting 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at the same time on Saturday.
The Portuguese master, who had used the same motion for years before Rashford did, appeared to be reminding fans that his celebration began by pointing one hand to his head and the other to his chest.
Neves’ message was captured in a video that a Wolves supporter uploaded to social media. The club’s official Twitter account also tweeted: “Nobody does it better,” along with a winking face emoji.
Luckily for Neves and Rashford, they each had productive days at work on Saturday. After being reduced to 10 men due to Casemiro’s red card, Rashford scored United’s crucial second goal to give them all three points at home against Palace, while Neves led Wolves to a memorable victory against an ineffective Liverpool.
After just 12 minutes, the Molineux team had a 2-0 lead thanks to an own goal from Joel Matip and a goal on his professional debut from defender Craig Dawson. From that point on, Wolves had an easy time of it, and Neves added to the Reds’ woes in the 71st minute with a rare goal from inside the penalty area.
Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, wasn’t as impressed, saying: “Because it was the first time they had crossed the halfway point in the second half, I don’t count the third goal.”
“The other two goals are terrible starts to a game after everything we said the week before and before the game.”

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