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'Unlucky' Spurs fail to take chances in Old Trafford defeat

    Spurs

    Published: 12 December, 2016
    by DAN CARRIER 

    Premier League
    MAN UNITED 1, SPURS 0

    TOTTENHAM'S mini-revival came to a shuddering halt at the weekend when they failed to turn possession into chances and lost ground on the top four after being beaten 1-0 by Manchester United.

    Spurs beat Swansea last week 5-0 and then followed the result up with a strong 3-1 Champions League victory versus CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night.

    But Mauricio Pochettino's men failed to find enough answers to break down a stubborn United team happy to hit their visitors on the break, and Jose Mourinho's side earned all three points through a first-half strike by Armenian winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

    Speaking after the match, Spurs manager Pochettino, whose team are fifth, said the difference between the two sides was small.

    He said: “It was a close game but they were more clinical than us in the box – and that was why we lost.

    “When you play a team like Manchester United, it is important to be clinical when you have the chances to score. It was a very competitive game and we are disappointed with the result – but not the performance. We were unlucky not to achieve a better result.”

    He had seen Victor Wanyama misplace a free header from six yards out, and Christian Eriksen also go close – but all too often his team looked for the safe pass and failed to really test David De Gea in the United goal.

    And Pochettino is sweating over the damage caused to midfielder Mousa Dembele, who had to be helped off in the 69th minute with a foot injury. His stop-start season, that has seen him miss games through suspension and injuries, has been a key factor in Tottenham's lack of form this autumn. 

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