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Tottenham news: Mauricio Pochettino apologises to Manchester United for his players’ challenges during pre-season match


Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has issued an apology to Manchester United for his players’ tough tackling during their pre-season friendly.

In the Shanghai heat, Moussa Sissoko could have been red carded for a stamp on Daniel James, which sparked a melee between both sets of players.

Sissoko brought James down with a late tackle on the edge of the box
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He then brought James down by the corner flag
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After bringing James down, Sissoko stamped on the Welshman’s chest
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Dele Alli was also booked following two heavy challenges, while United’s Andreas Pereira was also cautioned.

After the game, which Spurs lost 2-1, Pochettino said: “I apologise to Manchester United on behalf of our players.

“I was a little bit annoyed about some situations. I was not happy because sometimes you can arrive late and something can happen.

“Sometimes you need to be aggressive and play with passion but the focus is on building our fitness and developing the way we want to play.”

Solskjaer said he had no qualms with Spurs’ tactics

However, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played down any suggestion he might be unhappy with the treatment his players received.

Solskjaer said: “I have no qualms.

“It is a competitive sport and we are preparing for the league. There was no tippy-toe football.

“You went in for a tackle. We didn’t just receive. We gave as well. I thought it was a very good game.”

Teenage striker Angel Gomes scored the winning goal ten minutes from time after Lucas Moura’s deflected effort cancelled out Anthony Martial’s opener.

Gomes combined well with Juan Mata before sliding the ball past Paolo Gazzaniga to continue United’s unbeaten run in four matches this summer.

However, it was not all good for the Red Devils as defender Eric Bailly left the stadium on crutches after suffering a knee injury in the second-half.

Bailly appeared to slip, under no contact, while attempting to track and block Heung-min Son’s run into the box. Bailly then came off on a stretcher.

Solskjaer added: “It is never nice when you get an injury.

“We are not sure how bad it is. Eric will have scans in Manchester and we hope for the best.”

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