Vertonghen out to end Old Trafford hoodoo
Tottenham new boy Jan Vertonghen is convinced his side are ready to end their Old Trafford hoodoo this Saturday - as they aim record their first away win over Manchester United since December 1989.
Vertonghen turned in a polished performance as Tottenham beat QPR at White Hart Lane on Sunday, with the ex-Ajax skipper highlighting his versatility by playing at centre-back and left-back as his new employers secured a morale-boosting 2-1 victory.
Now he claims they are ready to ignite their season in the grand manner by stunning a less than convincing United side at Old Trafford, as he hopes Spurs can start to win games in more convincing fashion after their nervous start to the campaign.
"I played at Old Trafford last year with Ajax and it's an amazing atmosphere, so I'm really looking forward to my first game at Old Trafford with Tottenham," he said. "I think we're strong enough to do nice things there because we have played well away from home this season and now have a lot of confidence in the team.
"Our aim now is to dominate games and I think the supporters kind of expect that from us, so hopefully we don't have to struggle at the end of every game from now on."
Vertonghen has said the pace of the English game takes some getting used to, but he insists he has not been surprised by the challenge he has faced in the Premier League. "English football is everything I was expecting and I love it, but I think I'll need a good vacation at the end of the year," he joked.
Vertonghen had an option to join Arsenal and there was also advances from Manchester United for his services, but he is 'more than happy' with his decision to sign with Tottenham.
Meanwhile, Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas have revealed he will not start Gareth Bale in a left-back role again after tactical his experiment failed to reap dividends against QPR on Sunday.
Bale was switched to his more conventional left midfield role at half-time as Spurs came from 1-0 down to secure their first home win of the season, leaving AVB to concede his initial plan had failed.
"We decided to play with Gareth at left-back because we thought he would give us more width, but we were much more steady in the second half when we made changes," Villas-Boas said. "We can learn from this."