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Vertonghen: Tottenham is strong enough to beat Manchester United

The Belgium international said recent wins have buoyed the north Londoners' spirits, and the quality of the squad means the team will always be able to challenge in big games.

Jan Vertonghen believes that Tottenham is capable of beating Manchester United when the two side’s meet at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The Belgian played in his former club Ajax's 2-1 win over Sir Alex Ferguson’s charges at the famous stadium in last year's Europa League competition, and said that Spurs are strong enough to beat the 19-times league champion on its home turf.

Despite Tottenham having not tasted victory against United since May 2001, Vertonghen claims that the north London club is riding high after picking up its first two wins of the season against Reading away and QPR at home, and the subsequent confidence will put the team in good stead for Saturday's clash.

“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 good 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.

The defender insisted he is happy to aid the team in any way possible, even if it is not playing in his preferred center back position.

“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 at 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."


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