Despite being publicly criticised by his manager, Moussa Sissoko remains in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans for Tottenham, as shown when the right-midfielder came on with just over 30 minutes to go against Manchester United on Sunday.

Unable to help his team find the equalising goal, the 27-year-old was still able to cause some problems to José Mourinho’s defence, making life difficult for Matteo Darmian down the right-hand side with his power and speed.

Speaking to SFR Sport after the game, Sissoko gave his two cents on his performance at the weekend and everything that has gone on over the past week or so off the pitch.

He said: “I’m happy with what I did. I would have preferred it if we left this game with at least a point. A lot of things were said, but I’m staying strong mentally, I keep on working, to do what I’ve always done. I believe in myself, in my qualities, and that I’ll be able to impose myself in this team.”

The player picked up his first assist for Spurs last week, coming off the bench in the 5-0 thumping of Swansea.

Tottenham’s loss at Old Trafford saw their advantage on United cut down to three points, with Man City and Liverpool also dropping points over the weekend, which Pochettino will undoubtedly be annoyed at failing to take advantage of.