Troy Deeney reveals ‘I tried to FIGHT Aston Villa players’ after game as Watford striker reacts to Harry Maguire and John Stones’ Manchester derby embrace December 15, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Rather than hugging his opponents after the final whistle, Troy Deeney told talkSPORT he has tried to FIGHT them instead!
The Watford striker has joined the likes of Roy Keane and Gary Neville in adding his response to the strangely friendly end to the weekend’s Manchester derby.
Manchester United held rivals Man City to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Saturday, in a stale match that left pundits and fans from both sides fuming.
But, aside from being angry with both teams for their insipid performances, former United captain Keane couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw Red Devils players fraternising with the enemy, hugging each other and smiling when the final whistle blew.
The Irishman said on Sky Sports: “At the end of the game the staff and players are hugging, smiling, chatting with each other… just get down the tunnel, I don’t get it! Everyone wants to be pals with each other, and be popular!
“You’re playing for these clubs, particularly Man United, to win football matches! Not to be mates with everybody!”
Deeney was asked for his verdict, after pictures of England centre-backs Harry Maguire and John Stones hugging were splashed across the back pages and all over social media.
The Watford star admitted he wasn’t that shocked, or bothered, by the scenes.
But he revealed there have been many times in his career where he has done exactly the opposite – he’s started fights with the opposition instead.
“The game has moved on, let’s be honest,” Deeney told the talkSPORT Breakfast. “It’s not as fierce a derby on the pitch as it used to be.
“And this is Gary Neville we’re talking about, who ignored his brother when they played against each other!
“It all depends on the mentality, and who people are.
“Personally, I think the game is over, there’s nothing that can change in that moment, so an embrace, a little ‘hope you’re alright’, I don’t really see a massive deal with it.
“I’d be more worried if Man United had won 2-0 and John Stones is hugging him and laughing and joking, then it would be a problem for me.”
Asked if he would ever hug a Villa player after a game, the boyhood Birmingham City fan added: “Oh yeah, if I know them. I’ve hugged Jack [Grealish].
“But if we’d lost, no chance!
“We lost to them at Villa Park, they beat us 2-1 with a last minute goal and I was trying to fight all of them.
“I was just trying to pick a fight.
“If we win I’m the nicest person ever, I’m all ‘How are you?’ and ‘How’s the family?’.
“But if we lose, stay away from me for a half-hour after. I’ll come and find you later!”