It was one of his poorest games - Clive Allen lays into Tottenham big gun

By Harry Sykes

Clive Allen has criticised Harry Kane for having “one of his poorest games” as Tottenham fell to a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.

Kane made little impression on United’s backline even though Spurs had 60 per cent of the possession in the Old Trafford showdown.

The England international did not extend his impressive recent run of goalscoring, which had yielded seven goals in six matches leading into the match following his return from a two-month lay-off.

He was also partly at fault for United’s goal by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, as he was robbed of possession by the halfway line and the Armenia international took full advantage.

Former Spurs coach Allen believes Kane failed to live up to his recent standards against Jose Mourinho’s side, most notably his double in Tottenham’s 5-0 demolition of Swansea the previous weekend.

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“I didn’t think Spurs had the cutting edge that they had against Swansea,” Allen told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show on talkSPORT on Monday. “The passing was too slow and Harry Kane didn’t have any service. I thought it was one of his poorest games for a while.”

Kane has scored nine goals in 13 matches in all competitions for Spurs this season after topping the Premier League charts with 25 goals last season.

Tottenham’s defeat to United means they are fifth in the league and 10 points behind leaders Chelsea heading into Wednesday’s home clash against Hull.

In other Tottenham news, Daniel Levy has made a major concession to Mauricio Pochettino ahead of the January transfer window.