Joao Pedro dedicates United goal to Julio Enciso

Paraguayan currently out with a knee injury.

By Charlie Hanson • 17 September 2023

By Paul Hazlewood
Joao Pedro scored his second Premier League goal of the season at Old Trafford.

Joao Pedro dedicated his goal against Manchester United to Julio Enciso.

Our Brazilian forward beautifully side-footed home our third – and his second of the season – in the 3-1 win at Old Trafford on Saturday.

“Me and Julio are always together at the training ground and I was sad when he got injured,” Joao said.

By Paul Hazlewood
Joao said that him and Julio are together 'all the time' at the training ground.

“He said to me, ‘Joao, next time you score, can you dedicate your celebration to me?’ So I scored and I remembered him asking, so I made sure I did it.

After the game Julio texted me. ‘Thank you bro! You are top, when I am back from injury we can enjoy these moments together,’ and I know we will soon.”

Joao had only been on the pitch for seven minutes at United before finding the back of the net.


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“I saw that T [Tariq Lamptey] had seen me, so I knew he was going to pass to me. I was obviously happy to score. I accidentally ran away from our supporters when I celebrated, it’s difficult to think in the game when you score against a big team!

“My favourite Premier League goal was against Manchester United but for Watford, but the one on Saturday was a great goal.”