Romelu Lukaku insists that his celebration goading Everton fans was “just a bit of banter”.
Lukaku shushed the Everton support then cupped his ears – which actually makes no sense when you think about it – after scoring in Manchester United’s 4-0 win on Sunday.
The Belgian has been criticised by many Toffees fans for his public comments in the build up to his summer departure, and was taunted by a number of supporters during the game.
He says his playful response was “just a bit of banter”.
“It’s another goal, really, but I’m happy with the win and staying near the top of the league,” he told Sky Sports.
“It’s just a bit of banter, with the free-kick I missed, they booed me. It’s just football.
“Years after years I know I have to stay patient, keep planning and believing the ball will fall my way, keeping the same focus. And luckily it did fall my way.
“We could have scored more I think in the first half. We weren’t clinical enough, but then Everton created a lot of problems in midfield.
“Second half Everton had a lot of control, but in the end with the quality we had we made the difference.
“We don’t really look at the opponents, we just try to look at ourselves. We just try to improve game after game.”