Pochettino disappointed to lose late on

Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has expressed his disappointment at the manner of their 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Spurs enjoyed plenty of possession in the pouring rain, but they were unable to break the Red Devils down and the Premier League clash appeared to be heading for a draw.

Jose Mourinho's side have scored more goals in the final 10 minutes than any other team in the top flight, and the trend continued when substitute Anthony Martial stole in behind the visiting defence to latch onto Romelu Lukaku flicked header and beat Hugo Lloris from inside the area on 81 minutes.

Pochettino admits losing to a late goal was agonising after the effort his players put in, as the north Londoners missed out on the chance to move above second-placed United in the league standings.

"I'm very disappointed. It is very painful for our players, for everyone," the Argentine coach said after the game.

"I think it was an even match. We lose in an action that should have been fixed before. I think it's very painful but that is football and I feel very proud.

"The effort was fantastic. The performance can always be better, but I think we compete and we fight a lot. Yes, disappointed but now keep going, move on."

Pochettino was without his talisman, Harry Kane, who failed to recover from a hamstring injury picked up in the 4-1 win over Liverpool last weekend, but insisted his absence had no bearing on the result.

"I said before the game to everyone that always you are going to miss your main striker – and Harry Kane is one of best strikers in the world, of course," the 45-year-old said.

"But it is not an excuse today. We didn't lose the game because Kane wasn't here. It is a collective sport and always you must adapt when some player is not fit to play.

"I am happy with the performance from everyone and I think we deserve more than zero points."

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