Pochettino's one-word response when asked if Tottenham's Dele Alli was targeted by United players

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on October 28, 2017 in Manchester,...

The Tottenham Hotspur ace struggled against Manchester United.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur look on prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City at Wembley Stadium on September 16, 2017 in London,...

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino spoke to reporters following his side's loss to Manchester United yesterday, and responded to questions asking him if Dele Alli received unfair treatment from Jose Mourinho's side, as quoted by popular football news website Football.London

The north London outfit were far from their best against the Red Devils, and lacked any kind of cutting edge in the final third, which eventually proved to be costly.

Tottenham's attacking emphasis fell on Dele Alli, in the absence of Harry Kane, and the 21-year-old failed to deliver for his side, although he was marked tightly throughout the duration of the contest.

Harry Kane and Dele Alli of Spurs have a disagreement during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium on October 14, 2017 in London,...

The England international was given minimal space with which to work, never threatening the United goal.

And Pochettino fielded questions from reporters asking him if Alli received unfair treatment from the United players, as quoted by Football.London:

"No. I think all the teams love to compete against us. We are the target. That is my feeling, but that is good. It seems like we are growing up in the last few seasons. We are competitive and the potential is there. That is good. I don’t feel Dele Alli but maybe you have a better idea a better view from TV that I cannot perceive from the touchline."

Harry Kane and Dele Alli of England embrace after the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Malta and England at Ta'Qali National Stadium on September 1, 2017 in Valletta, Malta.

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Alli has not been himself this year, and has struggled to replicate last season's fine form for both club and country.

He is still only 21, however, and fans, the media and pundits must remember not to be too overly critical with him, as he continues to develop as both a footballer and a hunan being.

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