Modern football can be cringe-worthy sometimes.
With the advent of social media, football clubs are taking any given opportunity to mock each other online in order to grasp an opportunity for a viral tweet.
The victors from Saturday’s clash at Old Trafford are also guilty of playing up to this trend as they posted a video of Wilfried Zaha bamboozling Ashley Young with the caption “Wilf had him dancing.”
And while they may be rivals on the pitch, one of the Eagles’ own players wasn’t too happy with the lack of respect his club were showing to the England international, and he took to Twitter to share his views.
A 34 y/o ex winger vs one of the leagues best wingers…. he gets destroyed twice yet still manages to block the cross…. we should be applauding this not making fun of it #Respect https://t.co/AD5Nlyt7Mu
— Andros Townsend (@andros_townsend) August 26, 2019
Andros Townsend did his best impression of a Manchester United fan as he quickly defended Young, stating that even though he was left on the floor after Zaha’s tricks he still managed to block the cross.
The Palace man was quick to point out that he did this despite being a 34-year-old ex-winger playing in an unfavoured position.
While Zaha’s dribbling was exceptional in the clip, Townsend is certainly right in that the skill ended up producing a grand total of nothing, making you wonder why the club would be happy to brag about it in the first place. It’s all quite bizarre.
It’s good to see Townsend sticking up for his fellow professional, and perhaps this will now make the media team at Selhurst Park think twice before posting another one of these tweets.