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Michael Olise’s former teammate clarifies why he did not celebrate after scoring brilliant late free-kick vs Manchester United

Michael Olise’s former teammate clarifies why he did not celebrate after scoring brilliant late free-kick vs Manchester United

Tom McIntyre, Michael Olise’s former Reading teammate, has attempted to explain the midfielder’s subdued celebration against  Manchester United  on 18 January.

The Englishman scored a stoppage-time free kick to earn a 1-1 draw for his team against Manchester United at Selhurst Park during their Premier League match. His celebrations, however, gave the impression that it was a consolation goal.

He has no significant ties to the Red Devils that would prevent him from celebrating. McIntyre, who played on the field with Olise 34 times as teammates at Reading, told the Athletic about Olise’s celebrations (via Daily Mail).

“We’d say he’s a bit weird sometimes because when he scored goals, he sometimes wouldn’t celebrate. We’d be like, ‘Mike, you’ve just scored an important goal and you’re just walking back? What’s he doing?

“Then he’d play two-touch with the manager (Paunovic) in the gym, he’d win a point in that, and he’d be shouting and celebrating, but on a Saturday, he’d score a goal in front of the home end and just stand there.”

McIntyre speculates that Olise may be attempting to distinguish himself from the crowd and appear cool. He added:

“We never really worked out why. He could never give us an answer but he’s just different; a special player. Midway through last season, he unfollowed all of us on Instagram and only followed about 15 people.

“There was no one from Reading except maybe one or two of his closest mates on there, which we all found pretty amusing.

“I know what it is, he loves the rapper Lil Uzi Vert and there’s another few of those rappers he likes. They unfollow everyone on their Instagram and I think he wants to be like them. That’s strange to me and some of the lads but to him, that’s different and cool.”

Michael Olise’s former teammate clarifies why he did not celebrate after scoring brilliant late free-kick vs Manchester United

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