Villas-Boas has a challenge at Tottenham, says Ferguson

The Manchester United boss says the Portuguese manager faces a tough test in north London, but believes he will continue with his own playing philosophy at White Hart Lane
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Andre Villas-Boas has a "challenge" at Tottenham but insists the 34-year-old's style of football suits his new club.

Since Villas-Boas took charge at White Hart Lane in July, Tottenham have secured eight points from a possible 15 in the Premier League and have also made it through to the fourth round of the League Cup following a 3-0 victory over Carlisle United on Wednesday.

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Villas-Boas lasted just under nine months in charge at Chelsea last season, but Ferguson insists the Tottenham boss will continue his mentality at White Hart Lane.

"He has a challenge," Ferguson told reporters. "He wasn't at Chelsea very long, but he came to our ground early last season and his team tried to play football.

"That's his philosophy and I think he's carrying that out at Tottenham as well. He suits Spurs. They've always had a history of playing good football. I think he'll carry on that way.

"I hope they do well because it's a difficult industry these days, particularly for a young manager.

"It must be very daunting and challenging to go to a big club. It's full of risk because it's a results industry."