"I don't speak about injured players, so don't ask me about Harry Kane, because to speak about Kane I have to speak about (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic, (Paul) Pogba, (Marcos) Rojo, (Michael) Carrick so I don't speak".
Pochettino fielded a much-changed side and rested in-form striker Harry Kane, but defeat undoubtedly came as a shock.
A Tottenham win at Old Trafford would be a real statement of intent as the Lilywhites look to go one step better than last season's Premier League runners-up position. It is a collective sport and you must always adapt when some players are not fit to play. "The doctor and medical staff made the decision to not take the risk".
"But I always believe we can win with one or another team, with one or another player".
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"During the season some problems can happen and you have to trust all the players, all the squad. It's lucky it's not a big problem but he's not going to play tomorrow", Pochettino added. "This is the big story for us". Pochettino said it was only a "small issue" but he did not want to exacerbate the problem by playing him against United. "We will see tomorrow and the day after", he said.
In a briefing with the press, Mourinho said that people should not talk to him about Harry Kane's injury yet he has to play without French midfielder Paul Pogba, Belgian powerhouse Marouane Fellaini, veteran Michael Carrick and injury-prone Argentinian Marcos Rojo.
But Mourinho said that while it will be hard for Shaw, he does have a future under him. But I think the real important and extraordinary story is Huddersfield Town meets Liverpool in the Premier League in a competitive game. I told the players they are not machines and its so hard to cope with global duty, play every three days.
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.