Mauricio Pochettino salutes Tottenham's 'best performance' in loss to Manchester United

David de Gea was outstanding for the visitors

The Argentine expressed his pride after the match, teling Sky Sports: "I am so pleased and I'm proud".

"We won the game against a top team, we controlled the first half but in the second half they had chances", De Gea said.

"The manager brought some happiness, the players are playing well and the team is very strong now".

Defeat left Spurs nine points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool and they will be five behind Manchester City if the champions win against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday.

The FA are confident Gareth Southgate will not break his contract if he is offered the opportunity to take charge at Manchester United.

Pochettino's side fell behind to Marcus Rashford's victor at the end of the first half, but put in an exceptional second half attempt only to be thwarted by a string of even better David de Gea stops.

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Marcus Rashford's first-half goal proved enough for United to take all three points back to Manchester. "And we're winning so indeed we play with a smile always". "After four-and-a-half years, the second half was the best performance I have seen Tottenham play".

"I'm enjoying playing football", he began.

Asked if he's been given more freedom under Solskjaer, Pogba replied: "Yeah, that's what the manager has told me: "get in the box, get goals - you will score goals if you're in the box". We hope it's not a big issue, but if it is, it is a big problem for us". Defending is not my best attribute. We needed to attack on the opposite side, that's what we did and we scored a goal.

With the in-form South Korean Son Heung-min playing his last match before heading off to the Asia Cup, the last thing Pochettino needed was the sight of Kane hobbling off the pitch after being clattered by United's Phil Jones late on.

United were a particular danger on the counter and it was no surprise to see them ultimately go ahead at the end of such of a move, with Rashford finishing after Paul Pogba's excellent pass.

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