Sunday 30 September 2012

Villas-Boas proud of team after historic victory

Tottenham Hotspur manager hails 'tremendous' performance in 3-2 victory over Manchester United

Jan Vertonghen gave Tottenham an early lead at Old Trafford

Man Utd 2-3 Tottenham

Andre Villas-Boas was ecstatic after his Tottenham Hotspur side earned their first away win against Manchester United since 1989.

The Spurs head coach achieved what 10 of his predecessors failed to as his side took a 2-0 lead in a stunning first-half display and held on for a 3-2 win at Old Trafford.

Jan Vertonghen and Gareth Bale set them on their way before three goals in as many minutes left the game in the balance. Nani cut the deficit but Clint Dempsey immediately made it 3-1, only for Shinji Kagawa to hit back once more.

"You can see from the desire to hold on to such a historic result that we can count on each other to do big things"
Andre Villas-Boas

Tottenham held on despite a tide of pressure from United much to the relief and joy of Villas-Boas.

"We were tremendous today, the players put in the effort and intensity to get a result,” he said. "The first half was totally different from the second but we can be proud of each other.

"It was an electric first 15 minutes of the second half but you can see from the desire to hold on to such a historic result that we can count on each other to do big things."

The Portuguese saluted his side after illness had left them with some significant doubts over their line-up.

"Gareth was unable to train this week with the flu and [Gylfi] Sigurdsson has been ill the last two days, so the team are exhausted from the effort they put in,” he said.

"You have to give compliments to everybody on a special night like this but it doesn't stop here, we have so many important games to play.

"We go to [Panathinaikos, in the Europa League on Thursday] and we need a result to give us a strong position in the group, then we have Aston Villa two days after. It is important to continue from this."

Sir Alex Ferguson lamented a poor first-half performance from his team.

β€œThe first half we never started, didn't get into the game,” he said. "From there we were just playing against the wind. The second half we played fantastic, just trying to get something from the game, and I think we were very unlucky.

"I think the attitude changed, that was the important thing. Wayne's [Rooney] ability does help but the attitude of the players was excellent everywhere on the pitch."

Our Matchday Live gives you the details on the match, along with the best photos and essential statistics.

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Key Points

  • Tottenham Hotspur beat Manchester United 3-2 at Old Trafford
  • It was Spurs' first victory away to United in 23 years
  • Andre Villas-Boas calls his team 'tremendous' but focuses on future matches