Manchester United have been given encouragement in their pursuit of Danny Rose after the Spurs man was omitted from the squad again yesterday.
Rose was left “fuming” earlier this month when he was left out of the squad to face Arsenal and he was again left out of the 18, who were on duty at Wembley in the 1-1 draw with West Brom,.
Ben Davies was preferred at left-back with Serge Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters providing the defensive cover on the bench.
Rose, 27, has only played once in the Premier League this season after recovering from knee surgery, but he did play in the Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund in midweek, but admitted he thought he was going to get substituted because he was playing so bad.
After Saturday’s draw with Albion, Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that Rose did not have an injury: “Like any other player, it’s not easy,” said Pochettino, who claims not to have fallen out with Rose.
Pochettino this week claimed he “didn’t care” that Rose was upset at being left out of the north London derby, but insisted there was no problem with the England man.
The Argentinian insisted he was the boss at Spurs and he explained Rose’s omission ahead of the Wembley clash to Sky Sports: “I think we always try to put the best player for every game.
“If you see in the past, always we try to put the best player for different games. I think that we believe that this is the best team, the best starting XI to try to win today.”
Rose, who was fined two weeks’ wages in the summer after criticising the club’s wage structure and transfer policy, has been linked with United.
Tottenham have also been linked with Bologna full-back Adam Masina as a replacement for Rose, while United are set to be ready to offload left-back Luke Shaw in January with Newcastle interested.