Ahead of the Everton vs Manchester United match on Saturday, manager Sean Dyche aimed a dig at one of United’s fellow top-four contenders, relays the ManchesterWorld.
Currently battling for survival in the Premier League and just above the relegation zone on goal difference, Everton will have to face United without midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, who is suspended due to an incident with Harry Kane in their last game where he made contact with the striker’s face.
The incident has caused different reactions among people, with some being angry at Doucoure’s behavior while others think Kane overreacted to get him sent off. During a press conference, Dyche commented on how society’s perception of incidents in football has changed. He highlighted how one player, Keane, who was at risk of getting a broken ankle, did not receive much attention while another player, Kane, who got a minor injury to his eye, caused a bigger reaction.
“It was pretty much nothing, but football has changed. I certainly can’t change it back again. I’ve been saying for years that there is an undercurrent of fans who are like: ‘Oh come on, really?’ and just want to get on with the game, but everyone has become so precious haven’t they? The rules are so precious, in society as well as football.
“I’m 51 with two kids and I’ve seen the rules around their lives change. Football just mirrors society in that respect. It was a big drama over nothing, although I was worried when they concussion tested him though. I thought: ‘Wow, this could be a close one’.”