Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku has been criticised for his part in the spat with Williams. Reuters


  • The Everton duo exchanged words after the 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
  • Lukaku was caught on camera shushing his captain.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has played down the confrontation between Romelu Lukaku and Ashley Williams, insisting he wants to see more emotion from his players.

The Toffees were within minutes of ending Manchester United's undefeated streak in the Premier League on Tuesday until an Ashley Williams handball teed up Zlatan Ibrahimovic to rescue a point for his side from the penalty spot in injury time.

After the spot kick, Lukaku and Williams were caught on camera having an argument on the pitch, with the Belgium international appearing to shush his captain before walking towards the tunnel.

The incident was widely discussed post-match with BT Sport pundit Ian Wright among those to condemn the behaviour of the Everton striker.

In a separate incident, Kevin Mirallas was also picked up on camera for his angry reaction to being substituted with 20 minutes of the match remaining.

But speaking at a press conference ahead of Sunday's clash with Leicester, Koeman insisted he has no problem with his players showing a bit of fire and feels his side need to do so more often.

When asked about Mirallas reaction and the row between Lukaku and Williams, Koeman said: "What I like to see is passion and they need to understand we need to support each other. Finally I saw a reaction in this case, because I think we are too nice together, you have to ask and you have to talk and maybe sometimes you need to shout, but I don't have any problem with that because it is an emotional part.

"The two boys [Lukaku and Williams] spoke to each other and there is no problem. I like this, you need to do everything to win the game and after you can be friends."

Everton were without Morgan Schneiderlin for their midweek trip to Old Trafford but Koeman hopes to have the France international available for this weekend.

"We need to check tomorrow on Morgan if he is available for the weekend. That decision we will make tomorrow and the rest [of the squad] is the same."