Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino rejected any invitation to criticise the Premier League's Christmas schedule after the 0-0 draw with Manchester United, insisting the situation was the same for all teams.
Spurs and United played out a lacklustre 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane on Sunday, with the tempo dropping in the second half, and United boss Louis van Gaal said that ultimately it was "not football anymore -- it was a struggle for life."
However, Pochettino told the media: "I never complain when...
LONDON -- A trio of observations on Sunday's 0-0 draw between Tottenham and Manchester United in the Premier League:
1. Unchanged United can't take advantage
Louis van Gaal faced down the Christmas pile-up and fell just short. Injuries have meant Van Gaal has not exactly had a full squad at his disposal over the festive period, but the selection of an unchanged side for this midday kickoff, just 45 hours after Manchester United had kicked off at home to Newcastle, felt like bravery -- bravado, even.
Hugo Lloris refused to be beaten as Manchester United finished an ignominious 2014 with a goalless draw at Tottenham Hotspur.
Louis van Gaal, who succeeded the sacked David Moyes in the summer, had been hoping to end a fraught year on a high and continue United's bid to regain a Champions League place.
It was the first time United had named an unchanged starting XI since November 2012, in 85 Premier League games -- curious timing given they had played fewer than 48 hours previously.
United, who had...