Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino apologised to Manchester United for tough tackling by his players during their 2-1 pre-season defeat in Shanghai.
Moussa Sissoko could have been sent off for a challenge on Daniel James, which drew an angry response from United midfielder Scott McTominay and left the former Swansea winger in a heap while players argued among themselves in a heated tussle.
“I apologise to Manchester United on behalf of our players,” said Pochettino, who also saw Dele Alli booked following two heavy challenges, along with United’s Andreas Pereira.
“I was a little bit annoyed about some situations. I was not happy because sometimes you can arrive late and something can happen.
“Sometimes you need to be aggressive and play with passion but the focus is on building our fitness and developing the way we want to play.”