Manchester United YouTuber Mark Goldbridge had the best intentions when he started a shout-out to a fan – only for Karim Benzema to rudely interrupt.
The popular streamer and Red Devils fan hosted a live watchalong for rivals Manchester City's first-leg Champions League clash with Real Madrid. Pep Guardiola's side edged a seven-goal thriller on Tuesday night to setup a tantalising return clash at the Bernabéu next week.
Goldbridge is the founder of YouTube channel The United Stand, which boasts more than 1.3m subscribers and regularly provides reaction to the latest Red Devils news and rumours. The social media presenter hosts the watchalongs on his own channel Mark Goldbridge That's Football, and the stream on the Etihad encounter racked up more than 380,000 views.
City raced into an early two-goal lead courtesy of Kevin De Bruyne's header and an instinctive finish in the area from Gabriel Jesus. It was in the 33rd minute of the contest when Goldbridge decided to start reading a message from viewer Scarlett Ford.
The presenter was asked to wish the fan of the channel luck ahead of knee surgery the following day. However, Benzema had other ideas and Goldbridge was unable to contain his excitement at the Spanish giants equalising against United's rivals.
Golbridge said: "Hi Mark, I've been a fan of you for ages. I'm having ACL and meniscal reconstruction tomorrow, it would mean a lot to me if you could wish me luck.
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"Good luck Scarlett, injuries are always…BENZEMA, GOAL! REAL MADRID! That's for you Scarlett, get in! The best five pounds you've ever spent, Benzema has just scored a goal for you. Good luck with your injury tomorrow, recovery and there's a recovery from Real Madrid!"
The 15-second clip of the unusual 'heartfelt' message was unsurprisingly shared on social media and drew a hilarious reaction from supporters. One fan wrote 'such a beautiful and inspiring message' while another commented 'he can't keep getting away with this'.
Benzema would go on to score for a second time with an ice-cold panenka penalty, as Real clawed back two-goal deficits on three separate occasions to remain in the tie. Carlo Ancelotti's side host Espanyol on Saturday, and could claim the La Liga crown with four matches to spare in what would be the earliest Spanish top-flight title triumph since 1990.
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