Mauricio Pochettino says that Tottenham will miss Harry Kane, but that they have proved that they can win without him.
Kane has been ruled out of the trip to Old Trafford with a slight hamstring strain, and could also miss the Champions League game at home to Real Madrid.
Tottenham won five and drew three of their eight league games without Kane last season. Pochettino is focusing on those positives.
“The players are not machines and it is so difficult to cope with international duty and playing every three days. It is not a big problem, only a small issue, but he is not going to play,” Pochettino said.
“We don’t need to prove ourselves (without Kane). I think last season, in the period he was injured, you can see the stats and the games we played – win and lose with Harry, win and lose without Harry.
“I’m disappointed because he is our main striker and I think he is one of the best strikers in Europe, in the world, and always you are going to miss your best striker. I am not silly or stupid to talk in a different way.”