Kyle Naughton could return against Manchester United tomorrow after sustaining a foot injury that kept him out of last week’s victory over QPR. Brad Friedel looks likely to return in goal following a mid-week rest, as the Londoners will attempt to record their first victory at Old Trafford since 1989.
With Wayne Rooney set to make his return after suffering a deep gash on his leg in August, Tottenham could be the first team to experience the striking partnership of Rooney and Robin Van Persie playing together. With Spurs failing to record a win against Man United in their last 22 Premier League meetings, Andre Villas-Boas will be looking to break Spurs’ long-awaited wait for victory over the Red Devils.
Jan Vertonghen is relishing the chance to pull off an upset at Old Trafford, and having won their last year as an Ajax player will want to replicate that success.
He said: “We are strong enough to beat them. We have a good team, we’ve won the last two or three games now playing good football and everyone is hopeful of getting a good result at Old Trafford.
“Teams have done well there and that gives us hope.”
Andre Villas-Boas has said he will be powerless to stop Blackburn from enticing assistant Tim Sherwood to Ewood Park. He has been linked to replace Steve Kean as Blackburn’s manager after already experiencing life at the club as a player.
Villas-Boas said: “It would not be up to me to say yes or no. It would be up to the club and Tim.”
Two games after signing a one-year loan deal, David Bentley has reported he is happy with the way his career has begun at Russian side Rostov. The lowly-placed side, who’s highest league position was a sixth-place finish in 1998, made Bentley their record signing in the summer and he is the first Englishman to play in the Russian Premier League.
Bentley told RT: “It was an opportunity and I took it. So far, it’s been very good. I’m enjoying Russia and everyone’s made me feel very welcome.
“I’m here now and I’m enjoying myself. Hopefully, I’ll get back on top.”
Gylfi Sigurdsson has revealed Tottenham’s ambition was the key reason why he chose to move to the London club over Liverpool this summer. Under AVB, Sigurdsson was excited to be part of a set-up that can help get the best out of him.
The fact that Spurs finished fourth last season made the decision easy for Sigurdsson, who feels the environment including a new training ground and plans for a new stadium will help him improve as a player.
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