Man United defeat not down to Harry Kane absence - Mauricio Pochettino

Alejandro Moreno

Mauricio Pochettino says his Tottenham side can not hide behind the absence of Harry Kane as a reason for Saturday night's 1-0 defeat to Manchester United.

"You're always going to miss your main striker and Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world, of course", said Pochettino.

As Kane is regularly on the score sheet of the club, some have accused them of being a one man side that revolves around the England global.

In a briefing with the press, Mourinho said that people should not talk to him about Harry Kane's injury yet he has to play without French midfielder Paul Pogba, Belgian powerhouse Marouane Fellaini, veteran Michael Carrick and injury-prone Argentinian Marcos Rojo.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is still uncertain to face Real Madrid when they visit Wembley in the Champions League on Wednesday. The England worldwide and mooted Real Madrid target has been in blistering form this season and now tops the Premier League scoring chart with eight goals, but Pochettino confirmed that his talismanic forward will not play against Manchester United after suffering a minor hamstring injury against Liverpool on Sunday.

Asked if his side missed Kane, Pochettino told Sky Sports: "If Dele Alli had scored now the question would be different. You can not even be lucky all the time". "I feel it is so close, but only need to wait for it to click in his mind that he is ready". We had the ball but it is true we did not create enough chances to score.


Man Utd beat Spurs 1-0 last season at the Theatre of Dreams but succumbed to a 2-1 loss at White Hart Lane in the second leg.

"It was a good game and a shame to lose it", he said. "But now we move on".

"We were unlucky in the last 10 minutes". The team fought a lot and deserved more.

"We contained United very well". It's a minor injury, very small, but we can not take a risk.

Wednesday's tie at Wembley stadium is seen a battle for top spot as both sides are nearly guaranteed of progression after a identical return of seven points from three games.

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