Tottenham are strong enough to beat Manchester United, insists Vertonghen

The Belgian defender declares that recent wins have buoyed the north Londoners' spirits, with getting the White Hart Lane crowd on side an important step against QPR

Jan Vertonghen believes that Tottenham are capable of beating Manchester United when the two sides meet at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The Belgian beat Sir Alex Ferguson’s charges on their own turf 2-1 with former club Ajax in last year's Europa League competition.

However, despite Tottenham not having tasted victory against United since May 2001, Vertonghen claims that the north London club are riding high after picking up their first two wins of the season against Reading and QPR, with the subsquent confidence putting them in good stead for Saturday's clash.

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"I played at Old Trafford last year with Ajax and it’s an amazing atmosphere," he told the Daily Mirror.

"I'm really looking forward to my first game there with Tottenham. I think we’re strong enough to do nice things there.

"We've played well away from home and we've got a lot of confidence especially after this first home win."

With Kyle Naughton suffering a suspected ankle injury in the 2-1 win over QPR, Vertonghen was moved to left-back as Andre Villas-Boas opted for a 4-4-2 formation with the team losing.

And the defender insisted he is happy to aid the team in any way possible, including not playing in his preferred centre-back position, if it means that the team will not have to "struggle to the last minute" of every game.

"I play [at left-back] for the national team and if I can help the team there I will," he continued.

"It's just frustrating when you cannot play your own game. We want to dominate in home and even in away games and I think the supporters kind of expect that from us.

"It was very important to get that first home win and get the fans on our side, they were not too happy in the first half.

"We want to dominate and play our own game at home and we've struggled to do that.

"English football is everything I was expecting. I love it. There's a great ambience and it's a shame we have to struggle every game to the last minute."