International Champions Cup: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino apologises to Manchester United after feisty friendly

The supposedly friendly match between Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs and United threatened to boil over at times in sweltering Shanghai, particularly during a bad-tempered first half

Agence France-Presse July 25, 2019 22:10:25 IST
International Champions Cup: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino apologises to Manchester United after feisty friendly
  • Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino apologised to Manchester United but said that he was also annoyed and worried by some challenges in a feisty 2-1 defeat on Thursday

  • Spurs' attacking midfielder Dele Alli was earlier booked for two nasty challenges and booed off when subbed on the hour

  • His Norwegian counterpart said he thought the International Champions Cup match was a good test for the tough season ahead

Shanghai: Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino apologised to Manchester United but said that he was also annoyed and worried by some challenges in a feisty 2-1 defeat on Thursday.

International Champions Cup Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino apologises to Manchester United after feisty friendly

File image of Mauricio Pochettino. Reuters

The supposedly friendly match threatened to boil over at times in sweltering Shanghai, particularly during a bad-tempered first half. There was a flashpoint between the Premier League rivals when United accused Moussa Sissoko of stamping on winger Daniel James.

Spurs' attacking midfielder Dele Alli was earlier booked for two nasty challenges and booed off when subbed on the hour. Team-mate Japhet Tanganga and United's Andreas Pereira were also yellow-carded.

"It's true that I was a little bit annoyed about some situations and not happy — it's a friendly. When you are tired and hot, sometimes you are not right and arrive late (to tackle). I apologise on behalf of our players to United," said Pochettino.

But the Argentine, who took Spurs to the final of the Champions League last season, said that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were not blameless themselves.

"In the second half they did the same to us. I was worried. When something happens in pre-season (an injury), it's tough," he said.

His Norwegian counterpart said he thought the International Champions Cup match was a good test for the tough season ahead.

"No tippy-tappy football. No qualms about some of the tackles. You are worried (about injury), but no injuries. We also gave (it out), we did not just receive," he said.

United made it four wins from as many pre-season games thanks to a winner from teenager Angel Gomes.

United defender Eric Bailly had to be stretchered off in the second half with what could be a serious knee injury — there was no suggestion Spurs were to blame.

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