Sean Dyche claims Jesse Lingard dived in Manchester United draw and bemoans return of ‘Fergie time’

Burnley lost a 2-0 lead at Old Trafford after Paul Pogba converted from the spot and Victor Lindelof scored a second in added time

Jack Watson
Wednesday 30 January 2019 11:49
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Sean Dyche has accused Jesse Lingard of diving during Manchester United’s late comeback against Burnley in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first Premier League match without a win.

Goals from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood gave the visitors a shock 2-0 lead at Old Trafford before Paul Pogba and Victor Lindelof struck late to rescue a point.

Lingard went down in the penalty area in the 86th minute under a challenge from Jeff Hendrick, with little prompting according to the Burnley manager, and gave Pogba the chance to score from the spot to begin the United comeback.

“I just don't like it when there's a touch on the shoulder and their legs don't work, but it's modern football,” said Dyche, who is firm in his disapproval of diving.

“I'm not questioning the player, not remotely saying it's an individual who does that all the time,” he said of Lingard. “But just saying players are incredibly strong these days, and yet they get a touch and the legs go.”

The Burnley manager was also unhappy with referee Jon Moss for playing five minutes of added time, during which Lindelof equalised in the 92nd minute, claiming it was a return of “Fergie time”.

“I've no clue where five minutes came from,' said Dyche. “I asked the officials, but it came from somewhere.

“We just said (to the fourth official) there were no physios on the pitch. It's impossible it could be longer than three. Every minute counts. You just want a reason and there wasn't a reason.

Sean Dyche believes Jesse Lingard went down easily under Jeff Hendrick's challenge

“It's more the mentality it brings. Everyone believes when it's five minutes. "Fergie time" as they used to call it. You could sense it. Everyone rises. I just don't know where it came from.”

This is not the first time in recent months that Dyche has been vocal in his disapproval of players diving. Following Burnley’s defeat against Arsenal he said that more bans would help eradicate the problem. “I’m absolutely amazed at where it’s at at the moment,” he said.

“Kids everywhere are watching, all copying it. No one seems to care about it. It’s purely factual. Facts, facts, facts. Nothing to do with a campaign. If it was a campaign I’d be out there everywhere.

“I want to see people banned because if they were, it would evaporate out of the game.

“Millions of children, millions of children. You wouldn’t ruffle your kids’ hair if they came home after school and cheated in a maths test.”

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