Pochettino asked about Man United’s defensive tactics

Date published: Monday 30th October 2017 12:50

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has discussed whether Manchester United are an overly defensive team.

Pochettino’s Spurs fell to a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Sunday, from which you can and should read 16 Conclusions.

The United match, in which substitute Anthony Martial netted the only goal in the 81st minute, was an unremarkable contest for much of the time, with the best work coming in defence.

Pochettino was asked afterwards if opposing teams were more defensive against Tottenham, and he said: “No. I think no.

“My perception is that United played like they did against Benfica (a 1-0 away win on October 18) and Liverpool (a 0-0 draw at Anfield four days earlier).

“That’s football. Everyone can play (how) they want to play.”

Tottenham have gone from a considerable high to suffering back-to-back defeats, with the 1-1 draw at Real and 4-1 win over Liverpool at Wembley being followed by a 3-2 Carabao Cup loss to West Ham at the same venue, then the reverse on Saturday.

Spurs are third in the Premier League, eight points behind leaders Manchester City and level with Real at the top of their Champions League pool. They are currently 16/1 with Betvictor to win the tournament outright which might not be a bad outside bet (full betvictor review here if you’re thinking of backing them).

Pochettino added: “The most important thing is to be competitive.

“We are in different competitions which demand a lot of energy and effort. We are building a team, new facilities at the club and trying to arrive one day into the position where we can win everything.

“The process is to finish the stadium this season so it’s ready to play in next season. We have a young team and now the challenge is to put the club in a position where we can win the big trophies every season.”

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