Matt Le Tissier asked if Tottenham players always felt they couldn't beat Manchester United without Harry Kane

Matt Le Tissier answers questions during Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

Tottenham Hotspur lost their first Premier League game since August when they travelled to face Manchester United last weekend.

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at...

Matt Le Tissier has suggested on Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports (broadcast on 4th November 2017 from 12:00 pm) that it did seem that Tottenham's players went into their clash with Manchester United last weekend not expecting to win due to the fact that they had no Harry Kane.

Kane missed both of Spurs' games last week after being taken off during their emphatic win over Liverpool at Wembley, and it appeared that Mauricio Pochettino's side missed him.

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur competes for the ball with Emre Can of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on October 22,...

Kane has scored 17 goals in 17 games for club and country this season, and without him, they lost 3-2 to West Ham and then 1-0 away at Old Trafford before he returned for the Champions League win over Real Madrid in midweek.

And Le Tissier has suggested that their performance against United hinted that they were resigned to the fact that they would be unable to win without their talisman. 

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur are dejeted after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on October 28,...

"There looked to be a little bit of that in the performance, in the ambition of the side," he told Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports (broadcast on 4th November 2017 from 12:00 pm) when asked if it seemed that Tottenham's squad expected to lose because Kane was unavailable.

"It's understandable given how important Harry Kane is but if you are going to be a top team, you've still got to learn to go and win at top places without your top players."

The last three results would have certainly done little to help Tottenham prove to their critics that they are not a one-man team, even if they managed to score twice without him against the Hammers and he scored none of their three goals against Madrid. 

But, while Pochettino could probably not care less what perception some people have of his side, he will undoubtedly be angered by the suggestion that his players had even slightly written themselves off before the clash with United simply because Kane was not available. 

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