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Mauricio Pochettino Apologizes To Manchester United Over Sissoko's Dirty Tackle On Daniel James

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When two Premier League sides face each other, there's nothing friendly about it, especially if we're talking about contenders like Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

So, even though both teams were matching up on a preseason friendly at the International Champions Cup, things got a little bit out of hand when Tottenham's players took it up a notch with their tackles, hence, Mauricio Pochettino ended up apologizing for his players' attitude on their 2-1 defeat vs. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team.

"I was a little bit annoyed about some situations, I was not happy. It was a friendly game and in some situations of course when you are tired, when it’s so hot you are not right with the tempo to arrive at the actions, sometimes you arrive late and something can happen. I apologize on behalf of our players to Manchester United," he told the media following the game.

Moreover, the Argentinean boss went on to clarify that his players meant no harm when tackling Daniel James, who showcased his talent and proved why Manchester United's officials were so high on signing him this summer:

"It wasn't their intention, but sometimes when you are tired you arrive late and some things can happen. And I was worried because in this period of preparation it is sometimes you need to be aggressive and you need to play with passion but sometimes the focus is to build your fitness and develop the way you want to play.

Of course, I was worried, Manchester United, Eric Bailly got injured and I am sorry for that but he was alone. And always when the players start to build their fitness and start to fight for their place in the team when something happens in the pre-season it's always tough and I was a little bit worried, but in the second half the game was a bit more relaxed," the Argentinean concluded.