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Harry Redknapp has accused TV pundits Andy Townsend and Terry Sheringham of "jumping on a bandwagon" after the pair slated Tottenham's performance at Manchester United on Saturday.

Neither Townsend, nor former Tottenham favourite Sheringham, were impressed by Spurs' efforts in the 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Manchester United, feeling they did not try, especially once the hosts had gone in front just before half-time.

"That criticism is unfair," said Redknapp. "I don't know what game they can have been watching. How can they say we didn't try?"

Following on from Redknapp's scathing criticism of his team in recent weeks, it seemed like fair comment. But Redknapp felt there was no need to attack his side's efforts on the night and does not believe his TV critics were correct.

"I think people are jumping on a bandwagon," he added. "This is a tough place to come and it is not like we have been beaten 6-1. We have lost 2-1."

"Everyone wants to jump on Tottenham at the moment. I was happy with the effort."

Redknapp will assess his options ahead of Tuesday's encounter with Stoke, while United boss Sir Alex Ferguson must also wrestle with a growing injury list after adding teenage duo Fabio and Danny Welbeck to the men who are going to miss the midweek trip to West Brom. They were forced off with calf and ankle injuries respectively.

"Cristiano has picked up a little bug as well," said Ferguson. "We had to get the doctor to him earlier and I didn't think he was anywhere near ready but he showed the appetite to play and it is always good to have him on the pitch.

"He will be better by Tuesday.

"We could do without these things but Ryan Giggs and Darren Fletcher are fresh, so it is just the full-backs that are giving us concern."

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