Man United 2 Tottenham 3: We wrote history, says Andre Villas-Boas
Man United 2 Tottenham 3: Andre Villas-Boas is full of praise for his side's "special" display after a memorable victory at Old Trafford
Andre Villas-Boas hailed a “special night” after his Tottenham side battled hard to secure victory at Manchester United for the first time since 1989.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men fell behind within 90 seconds when Jan Vertonghen netted for Spurs, before Gareth Bale doubled the Londoners’ advantage.
Nani halved Spurs’ lead after the break but Clint Dempsey hit back a minute later to make it 3-1. Shinji Kagawa then struck again for United but Villas-Boas’s men held firm to seal a victory which moves Tottenham up into fifth place.
“We wrote history for our team,” Villas-Boas said. “This is a very special night for us and it must serve as an example for what we want to achieve in the future.
“In the end, it is just an important three points but hopefully it will also serve as an inspiration for the future.”
Villas-Boas, who took over from Harry Redknapp this summer, praised his side for their resilient defence performance as they withstood relentless waves of United pressure in the second half.
“We set out to win and the way we played in the first half was unbelievable, with so much authority and so much confidence,” he continued.
“It is not common to see that on this ground and, in the second half, the way we defended showed a team that believes in each other. At half-time we knew we weren’t going to get out of Old Trafford without a fight. The players were brilliant.
“Our quest is to qualify for the Champions League. It is very difficult to go for the title this season but it [the Champions League] is a place where the great teams of this country belong. We want to win a trophy this season. We want Champions League qualification.”