Tottenham can beat Manchester United without top scorer'-Pochettino

Posted October 30, 2017

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.

He scored twice in that 4-1 win which took Spurs level on points with second-placed Manchester United.

Those comments, allied with his frustrating and injury-ravaged time under Mourinho at Old Trafford, have led to speculation that Shaw will find himself surplus to requirements under the United manager. "During the season, sometimes some problems happen and you must trust all the players, all the squad".

"You feel during the second half, in the last 15-20 minutes, that [it will] be hard to break the draw - only for some genius player that can change the game or for some mistake and we made a mistake". It is a collective sport and you must always adapt when some players are not fit to play. Pochettino, who will be without star striker Harry Kane for the clash against United, hinted that Lamela is not mentally over his injury woes just yet, and is waiting for his compatriot to let him know when he can play again. "The performance can always be better, but I think we compete and we fight a lot, I'm disappointed but now we will keep going and move on". There is no sense in taking that risk and making the problem bigger. It's small problem so that we can fix in a few days probably.

"It will be a big statement if we beat them". The players are not machines and it's hard to cope with global duty and to play every three days. "We will see tomorrow and the day after", he said. "We'll take the best decision for the team", the 45-year-old stated. Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera - whose remark about Huddersfield playing with more passion infuriated Mourinho - said beating Spurs would put that shock loss behind them.

"It was a very, very, very competitive game", he added.

While Fernando Llorente waits on his first league start for Tottenham, Son has been handed an opportunity, having started alongside Kane last week, scoring from a pass from the striker.