Old Trafford has witnessed a trademark Cristiano Ronaldo celebration - except that it didn't come from the Portugal superstar himself.
Everton winger Andros Townsend did a cheeky, yet passable, imitation of Ronaldo's famous spin-in-the-air celebration in front of his team's jubilant fans after scoring the 65th-minute equaliser in a 1-1 Premier League draw at Manchester United on Saturday.
It won't have helped improve the mood of Ronaldo, who made a rare start on the bench, didn't enter the fray until the 57th minute of another sloppy United performance and trekked off down the tunnel with a grim face afterwards.
United's slip, though, was good news for fellow title challengers Chelsea, who later took advantage of the late sending off of James Ward-Prowse to beat 10-man Southampton 3-1 and go top, two points clear of United, Everton and Brighton.
In the late game, high-flying Brighton missed their chance to join Chelsea on 16 points, edging a drab encounter with Arsenal in the rain but failing to find the target in a soggy goalless affair.
At Old Trafford, former England international Townsend insisted his goal celebration was his own way of paying tribute to Ronaldo.
"It's just a mark of respect to a guy who influenced my career," he said, adding that he "probably didn't do the celebration justice."
"I spent many hours on the training pitch and in the video room trying to analyse his free kicks and his step-overs, and the way he dedicated himself to football.
"So it wasn't an imitation, it was a mark of respect to one of my idols."
United had led through Anthony Martial in the 43rd minute following an exquisite touch and pass by Bruno Fernandes but their concentration and discipline waned in their third game in an eight-day span.
The hosts were picked off, deservedly, on the break by a dangerous Everton side, resulting in Townsend's goal - his fifth since his move after a free transfer from Crystal Palace.
Chelsea later also looked like dropping points at home until Timo Werner (85 minutes) and Ben Chilwell (89) scored late goals to seal their win over Southampton.
The turning point came with the scores locked 1-1 in the 75th minute when Ward-Prowse, who had equalised for Southampton from the penalty spot in the 61st, slid dangerously from behind into the ankle of Jorginho and was sent off after video review.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was left most delighted for luckless German striker Werner, who's seen 16 goals disallowed while he's been at the club but who finally got on the Premier League scoresheet for the first time since February.
"Yes we are all relieved, him and me and the whole club," said Tuchel.
Elsewhere, Leeds kept their first clean sheet and held on for a much-needed first win of the season after their Spanish central defender Diego Llorente bundled in a goal early against Watford. The three points moved Marcelo Bielsa's side out of the relegation zone.
Sean Dyche couldn't mark 400 games in charge of Burnley with a celebration, as the Clarets extended a club-record winless home run to 14 matches in the 0-0 draw with fellow strugglers Norwich.
Neither could the Canaries get wildly excited about finally earning their first point of the campaign.
At Molineux, Hwang Hee-chan's brace inspired Wolves to sink winless Newcastle 2-1 and pile the pressure further on Magpies boss Steve Bruce, who sounded resigned to his fate in the post-match conference.
Australian Associated Press