Spurs travel to Old Trafford tomorrow teatime knowing that their side hasn’t actually won there since Gary Lineker gave them a 1-0 victory in 1989.
Is Villas-Boas the man to reverse this trend? The answer has to be ‘probably not’ but what is certain is that Tottenham will give it a good go and set his team up to play to win.
“That is the way I like my teams to play,” Villas-Boas told reporters, published on Sky Sports.
“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 in an 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.
“It would make us very proud to go there and get a win that would shorten the distance to the top.
“That would hopefully help us profit in some way from the clash between Arsenal and Chelsea.
“We can’t run away from our responsibilities. The statistics are there. We hope to break them one day and hopefully it will be on Saturday.”