Video: Wout Weghorst delivered a so-called 'kiss of death' before Brighton Solly March blazed his penalty over the crossbar
On Sunday's semi-final, the 30-year-old Dutch international, who has been a consistent starter at Old Trafford since joining in January, took the place of Bruno Fernandes in the 101st minute.
Although he had difficulty making an impact in the latter part of the game, credit goes to the Burnley loanee for sending Seagulls goalkeeper Robert Sanchez the wrong way with a composed penalty.
Following his confident conversion, Weghorst kissed the ball before handing it over to Solly March, who unfortunately missed his penalty from 12 yards.
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Weghorst KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING. 😭🇳🇱 pic.twitter.com/D8j9vHxFWq— UtdPlug (@UtdPlug) April 23, 2023
Shortly after, United's centre-back Victor Lindelof successfully converted his penalty kick, securing their spot in the FA Cup final on June 3 against their local rivals, Manchester City.
A few moments later, a thrilled Weghorst ran towards the Manchester United end, which was situated on the opposite side of the shootout area, and executed an impressive knee-slide celebration.
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?
The behavior of Weghorst during and after the penalty shoot-out at Wembley drew swift reactions from fans.
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."
A fourth added: "Love this! The lad is living his dream."
Weghorst's loan spell at Old Trafford has generated a mix of criticism and praise. In March, he maintained that he was "performing well" for the team, despite facing opposition from some quarters of the football community.
Some have been impressed by the former Wolfsburg player's excellent hold-up play and strong work ethic in some of his performances.
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.
“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.”