(Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli says it may have been a combination of “arrogance and over-confidence” that caused his side’s 2-1 defeat by Manchester United in the Premier League on Wednesday.
Spurs came into the game on a three-match winning streak under new manager Jose Mourinho but failed to build on that momentum at Old Trafford.
Marcus Rashford put United ahead but a piece of technical brilliance from Alli brought Spurs level, only for a 49th-minute Rashford penalty to secure the three points for the hosts.
“We had to match their energy. We lost the game not by them outplaying us – just attitude,” Alli told reporters. “We weren’t hungry enough and we were slow to every second ball, losing 50-50s.
“Maybe it was a little bit of arrogance and over-confidence. We’ve been playing well.
“We have to learn from this. Games like this bring your feet back down.”
The result saw Spurs slip to eighth in the table.
(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)