Harry Redknapp has insisted that Tottenham just had a bad day at the office last weekend, with the Spurs manager confident they will pick themselves up against Manchester United on Sunday.

Spurs went from being 2-0 up against Arsenal to losing to their cross-town rivals 5-2, and the gap between the two sides in the Premier League table has now decreased to seven points.

And despite Tottenham now looking forward to a particularly tough fixture, facing title chasers Manchester United, Redknapp insists that they are ready to bounce back from their one-off defeat.

"We had a bad weekend last weekend but it was a one-off," Redknapp said, as reported by the Press Association.

"Since the first two games of the season we have not really had a bad game, even though we have lost a couple.

"Last week was the first bad day that we have had but it happens. Everybody has those days. All the clubs have had them this year and you have to accept that you will have days like that."

Tottenham were looking likely to be without star man Gareth Bale, with reports speculating that the winger had suffered a torn hamstring during the week. But Redknapp rubbished rumours that he might be out of action for up to three weeks, telling reporters: "That's absolutely a million miles wrong.

"He hasn't even got a tear in his hamstring. It's just a little bit tight but it should be OK. It shouldn't be a problem.

"We will have to wait and see how he is [for the weekend]. Hopefully he should be OK."

Meanwhile, Emmanuel Adebayor has called on the Spurs squad to step up on Saturday and show why they are worthy of being called title contenders.

The striker was particularly disappointed with Tottenham's performance against his old club, but having experienced being in sides that have won trophies, he knows that it's his club's reaction now that will matter come the end of the season.

"It will be tough but we're ready for it, looking forward to it and we have to show our character and personality to bounce back as quickly as possible," Adebayor told the official Tottenham website.

"Arsenal was a tough one to take, the defeat is hard but we're footballers, we have to stay focused and we're now back at home against United, especially in front of our fans we have to show character and try to win that game."