Claim: Some football fans on social media suggest that Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo signaled to Goalkeeper David De Gea the direction to go in order to save the penalty kick from West Ham’s Mark Noble.
The photo that is being used to back the story was manipulated.
On Sunday, September 19, 2021, Manchester United’s Goalkeeper, David De Gea, saved an injury-time penalty from West Ham’s Mark Noble.
The save helped Manchester United to earn all three points in the Premier League fixture.
However, some social media users have taken to various online platforms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to share a photo suggesting that Manchester United’s forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, played a major role in David De Gea’s heroics.
They are sharing a photo, saying that the Portuguese signaled goalkeeper David De Gea in the direction to go to make the save.
Football Daily Goal, a verified account on Facebook, is among those sharing this image.
Several other accounts on Facebook that have shared the photo are ‘I Love Manchester United,’ a page with 470K followers, and ‘Real Madrid : Ruling clubs Since 1902 – II,’ an account with 199K followers.
A YouTube channel with 6.49K subscribers, Go Now Sport, has also shared this content on the video sharing website.
The YouTube post has since attracted over 26,828 views.
In the video, Cristiano Ronaldo was in a squatting position when the penalty was about to be taken.
His right hand was facing the ground whilst his left hand was towards his face.
His hand did not, at any point, move in a manner that was to make a sign to goalkeeper David De Gea on the way to go.
In that video also, Ronaldo’s right hand was facing the ground at the time the penalty was being taken.
Visually analyzing the trending photo used to back the claim shows that the photo has been manipulated so that Cristiano Ronaldo’s right arm appears to be slightly above his shoulder.
The image was manufactured. Cristiano Ronaldo did not signal David De Gea in the direction to go to save the late penalty from West Ham’s Mark Noble.
This report was produced under the Dubawa Student Fact-checking Project aimed at offering students in tertiary schools aspiring to take up roles in the profession the opportunity to acquire real-world experience through verification and fact-checking.