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 By Ben Pearce

Mauricio Pochettino struggling to rid Tottenham of nearly men tag

The ESPN FC panel delve into Tottenham's inability to hold leads in important games following their FA Cup semifinal defeat against Man United.
Mark Ogden and Dan Kilpatrick discuss Tottenham's continual lack of silverware as Manchester United knock them out of the FA Cup semifinal.

After Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup, Tottenham supporters directed much of their ire at Mauricio Pochettino, specifically his decision to pick Michel Vorm and Davinson Sanchez over captain Hugo Lloris and Toby Alderweireld.

The simple facts are that, in an FA Cup semifinal, Pochettino did not pick his strongest lineup, and his team were beaten. It does not look good.

Should he have picked Alderweireld? Yes. While it seems the Belgian will leave this summer, he was a Tottenham...

 By John Crace

Harry Kane, Son Heung-min fail to fire in latest FA Cup loss for Tottenham

Mark Ogden and Dan Kilpatrick discuss Tottenham's continual lack of silverware as Manchester United knock them out of the FA Cup semifinal.
Craig Burley examines the difference in approach from Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino in Man United's FA Cup semifinal win over Tottenham.
Ander Herrera's second half effort completed the comeback against Tottenham to send Man United into the FA Cup final.
Ander Herrera's second half effort completed the comeback against Tottenham to send Man United into the FA Cup final.

The wait goes on as Tottenham were again found wanting in a big cup game. Their losing streak in FA Cup semi-finals now stretches to eight games. Spurs started much the brighter and took the lead inside 11 minutes when Dele Alli ran on to an inch-perfect cross from Christian Eriksen. But a mistake from Mousa Dembele quickly allowed Manchester United back into the game. Eric Dier did hit the post shortly before the break but Spurs ran out of ideas in the second half and when Anders Herrera gave United...

Spurs are approaching crossroads where talent must lead to trophies

Mark Ogden and Dan Kilpatrick discuss Tottenham's continual lack of silverware as Manchester United knock them out of the FA Cup semifinal.
Craig Burley examines the difference in approach from Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino in Man United's FA Cup semifinal win over Tottenham.
Ander Herrera's second half effort completed the comeback against Tottenham to send Man United into the FA Cup final.
Ander Herrera's second half effort completed the comeback against Tottenham to send Man United into the FA Cup final.

LONDON -- "Lads, it's Tottenham," is what Sir Alex Ferguson famously told his Manchester United players before a crucial game against the team that always seemed to collapse like a pack of cards. Those days of Tottenham flakiness and style over substance appeared to have become a thing of the past under Mauricio Pochettino, the Argentine coach who has transformed Spurs into force to be reckoned with since taking charge in 2014.

But as they threw away a 1-0 lead, and a lengthy period of dominance,...

Man United stay on course for FA Cup glory as Alexis Sanchez delivers on the big stage

Craig Burley examines the difference in approach from Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino in Man United's FA Cup semifinal win over Tottenham.
Ander Herrera's second half effort completed the comeback against Tottenham to send Man United into the FA Cup final.
Ander Herrera's second half effort completed the comeback against Tottenham to send Man United into the FA Cup final.

LONDON -- Three thoughts from Wembley on Manchester United's 2-1 win over Tottenham in their FA Cup semi-final.

1. Herrera keeps United on course for silverware

It has been a strange season for Manchester United -- miles off the pace in the Premier League title race and dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla in the round of 16, but Ander Herrera's second-half winner at Wembley ensured that Jose Mourinho's team can end the campaign with silverware in the FA Cup.

Despite taking an early lead...

 By Michael Cox

Tottenham don't 'need' FA Cup glory but they do deserve it

The ESPN FC panel look ahead to the FA Cup semi-final matchups and debate whether Man United or Tottenham have a more dire need to win.
ESPN FC's Adrian Healey and Paul Mariner make their picks for the weekend's English league and cup action.
Mauricio Pochettino admitted the FA Cup won't take Tottenham to the next level and to do that they must win either the Premier League or Champions League.
Mauricio Pochettino plays down the idea that Tottenham will benefit in their FA Cup semifinal from having played at Wembley all season.

The further Tottenham progress through this season's FA Cup, the more the debate will continue about whether or not Mauricio Pochettino and the club "need" to win a trophy.

"Need" implies that there's some specific reason why a trophy is required and the explanation tends to vary: to keep players, to keep Pochettino, to act as a springboard to further success. You sometimes wonder whether winning trophies these days is actually ever considered a worthwhile achievement in itself or whether it's...

 By Nick Miller

Toby Alderweireld exit should not halt Tottenham progress under Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino looks back on Tottenham's 1-1 draw at Brighton, as they fight to remain in the top four.

Tottenham's 1-1 draw with Brighton on Wednesday wasn't especially significant in the wider scheme of things. But one notable aspect to the game was the return of Toby Alderweireld, starting a league game for the first time since October.

Last season it was almost unthinkable that Tottenham would be able to maintain their level of performance without Alderweireld, let alone without three of their first-choice defenders. But with Alderweireld absent for the meat of the campaign, Kyle Walker sold to...