Tottenham to go on the attack at Man Utd, promises Villas-Boas
Tottenham Hotspur will not sit back and defend when they play Manchester United, Andre Villas-Boas has promised. The Daily Mirror reports the Head Coach will encourage his players to play on the front foot despite Spurs not winning at Old Trafford since 1989.
The newspaper adds that Old Trafford was the site of Villas-Boas’ first defeat as Chelsea manager, when first-half goals from Chris Smalling, Wayne Rooney and Luis Nani gave United an early advantage. Fernando Torres pulled a goal back after half-time but later missed a chance even more presentable than the one he put away.
Villas-Boas referenced that match when looking ahead to taking Spurs to Manchester, insisting that while he acknowledges how difficult is it to play United on their own ground, by going on the offensive you give yourself the best chance of getting a result.
He added: “ That is the way I like my teams to play. We obviously know that it is extremely difficult there, but that doesn't mean that you might not be given a chance when you play that [attacking] way.
“In the end it's about taking your opportunities. Had (Chelsea) scored then maybe the result would have been different, so to try to get a result against United will be excellent for us.”
Villas-Boas added that if Tottenham could take points from the match, it would mean they had capitalised on the meeting between Arsenal and Chelsea, where at least one of the other sides in the running to finish in the top four were bound to drop points.
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