Jose Mourinho’s odd war of words with his own home fans continued on Saturday as he criticised the Old Trafford crowd’s reaction to a perceived negative pass played by midfielder Scott McTominay during Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Liverpool.
The moment came in the second half, when McTominay opted to play the ball back to his defence rather than looking for a more attacking option, prompting frustration from the crowd.
Some fans also booed Mourinho’s decision to take off two-goal hero Marcus Rashford late on in the game and replace him with returning midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
“The fans they can do what they want,” Mourinho said. “I am not upset at all with that reaction [about Rashford].
“But I am upset with the reaction they had with Scott McTominay. A kid of 20 years old was making all the right decisions and they wanted him to make the wrong decisions.
“When he decides to break the intensity of the game, it was a wonderful solution and the fans reacted against the kid. That was the bad one. To react against me, that was not the problem.”
England international Kane will undergo a scan on Monday having picked up the problem scoring a disallowed goal at the Vitality Stadium.
With England manager Gareth Southgate set to name his squad for the forthcoming international friendlies against Holland and Italy before Spurs face an important FA Cup quarter-final at Swansea next weekend, Kane could be a major absentee for club and country.
However, Spurs manager Pochettino insisted it was too early to know the severity of the issue, which was sustained on the same ankle kane has previously injured.
“We need to wait until tomorrow because we need to make a scan of his ankle,” replied Pochettino when asked about the condition of the Premier League’s joint leading goalscorer.
“Of course he suffered an injury that is in the same ankle that he suffered before. But we hope that it’s not a massive issue.
“He felt that when he ran and twisted his ankle that it was impossible to stay on the pitch.
“Harry has a great character and is always positive, happy with the victory for the team, of course disappointed with his problem. But if you’re positive you start the recovery from injury from now.”
Kane’s international team-mate Dele Alli also seemed to pick up an injury on the south coast, suffering a problem with his groin.
Speaking about Alli, Pochettino added: “I don’t believe that it’s a big issue.
“We need to, in the next week, manage him. But I don’t believe it will be a big issue.”
Tottenham climbed above Liverpool and into third in the Premier League on the back of their comeback victory as they battle for a top-four finish.
A double from the impressive Son Heung-min, plus goals from Alli and Serge Aurier stretched the north Londoners’ unbeaten league record to 12 matches after Junior Stanislas had given the hosts an early lead.
The win also saw Spurs bounce back from their disappointing midweek Champions League exit at the hands of Serie A side Juventus, to the delight of Pochettino.
“I’m so pleased. After Wednesday, I think the reaction was important for the team,” he added.
“I think after we conceded the goal, the team reacted and we started to play. It’s a massive three points for us.”
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe felt the scoreline flattered Spurs and was unhappy that Callum Wilson had an 84th-minute goal disallowed at 2-1.
Referee Mike Dean blew for a free-kick after spotting a slight push by striker Wilson on Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez, although replays suggested the decision was harsh.
“I think it’s a very, very soft call from the referee,” said Howe. “If there was any contact, it was minimal and at 2-1 down that has a huge bearing on the result.”
He added: “Physically it was very intense for both sets of players. I thought we gave everything to the match, ultimately they were too good for us.
“But the scoreline definitely is an untrue reflection on how the game went. We were well in that right to the end.
“They are one of the best teams in Europe without a doubt so the fact we’ve stretched them and taken them so far I think is a compliment for my team.”
Tottenham leapfrogged Liverpool to climb into third place in the Premier League with a 4-1 win at Bournemouth on Sunday.
The victory was however soured as Harry Kane limped off with just over half an hour played.
Spurs were 1-0 down at that point, following Junior Stanislas’ early opener, but a Dele Alli goal, Son Heung-min’s brace and Serge Aurier’s late strike turned the game in their favour.
Here’s what we learned as Spurs recovered from their Champions League heartbreak at the hands of Juventus.
ROSE FAILS TO TAKE HIS CHANCE
Ben Davies has clearly moved ahead of Danny Rose as Tottenham’s first-choice left-back in Mauricio Pochettino’s eyes. The Welshman’s consistent selection over the last couple of months is proof of that.
Having been omitted from the team that faced Bournemouth due to ‘general fatigue’, Rose was afforded an opportunity to shine and make a comeback as a first team regular, one that he squandered over the 90 minutes at the Vitality Stadium.
The Englishman never looked comfortable and was at fault for the opening goal as he was beaten far too easily by Adam Smith who delivered the ball into the box for Stanislas’s opening strike.
His own crossing was wayward as well with only one of his nine attempts finding a team-mate while failing to make a single tackle in the game.
Rose was also guilty of vacating his post and on one occasion, raced back and hacked down Callum Wilson in a desperate attempt to recover, receiving a booking for his troubles.
RISING SON IS THE REAL DEAL
South Korea’s favourite Son is quickly becoming one of the standout players in the Premier League and it’s time to recognise him for it. In terms of goal contributions in the league – 12 goals and five assists – and indeed performances, he’s in the same bracket as the likes of celebrated attackers Eden Hazard and Leroy Sane.
Having been afforded a run in the side by Mauricio Pochettino, Son has responded with seven goals and an assist in his last four appearances in all competitions. His form this season has eclipsed that of more high-profile wingers like Alexis Sanchez.
While the strike for his first goal against the Cherries was scuffed into the ground, his second was brilliantly taken, rounding the keeper in a tight space before slotting the ball into an empty net. The cheeky finish was befitting of a player clearly swelling with confidence.
At only 25, there’s plenty to come still from Son as he reaches his prime and there aren’t many better clubs or managers other than Spurs and Pochettino that would facilitate his development and help him unlock his full potential.
THREE LIONS INJURED
Spurs’ treatment table was fairly light going into this fixture, so much so that Pochettino had the luxury of resting Davies, leaving him out of the squad entirely. His replacement Rose, however, ended up capping a poor performance by hobbling off with 10 minutes to go.
That was after main man Kane went down injured in the first half and had to be substituted. Early reports suggest he hurt his right ankle although the extent of the damage is unclear. Spurs will hope that the injury isn’t too serious as they look to secure a top four spot.
Fortunately, an in-form Son was on hand to gleefully accept the goal-scoring responsibility. England, on the other hand, will be waiting on Kane’s medical report with bated breath ahead of this summer’s World Cup.
To add to Gareth Southgate’s concerns, a third England World Cup hopeful, Dele Alli, also limped off in the closing stages. Even if the attacking midfielder’s injury isn’t too serious, it hasn’t come at the best time with the 21-year-old finally ending his 15-match goal drought against the Cherries.