Mauricio reflects on ‘painful’ defeat


Mauricio has called our defeat ‘painful” and also refused to blame Harry Kane’s absence according to a report by Sky Sports.

Anthony Martial scored an 81st minute winner as United beat us to endure another disappointing visit to Old Trafford, a ground where we have now lost 21 of 26 Premier League matches.

The report adds it was a game of very few chances looked to be heading for a draw until Martial took advantage of our defensive lapse in concentration to latch onto Romelu Lukaku’s flick-on and finish in the 81st minute.

“I’m very disappointed,” Pochettino said afterwards . “It is very painful for our players, for everyone.
“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.

Poch added “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.”

Whether Kane’s absence was certainly well and truly felt at Old Trafford you’ll never really tell but he is our talisman , with we will certainly be hoping to have him back from his hamstring injury to face Real Madrid in the Champions League on November 1st.

“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,” Pochettino 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.”

So it’s been a difficult start to a busy schedule. We matched United and perhaps If Dele had taken that chance it would’ve been different and to get beaten by a route one finish is disappointing. However it’s important the lads dust themselves of and be ready for Wednesday.

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