Seven days on from their 6-0 humiliation at Manchester City last weekend, Tottenham Hotspur face another daunting assignment on Sunday when improving Manchester United visit White Hart Lane.
Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas branded the result at the Etihad Stadium “extremely embarrassing” but if his side are to get back on track, they will need to overcome United at home for the first time in 12 years.
United were also left disappointed last Sunday after conceding a stoppage-time equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Cardiff City but they responded in masterful fashion in the Champions League.
Wednesday’s 5-0 success at Bayer Leverkusen took David Moyes’s side into the last 16 and was the club’s biggest victory away from home in Europe since the 1960s heyday of legendary former manager Matt Busby.
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It also extended the champions’ unbeaten run to 11 games, but although United’s recent record at White Hart Lane suggests they have little reason to approach Sunday’s game with trepidation, Moyes feels it is too early to write Tottenham off.
The north London club trail Moyes’s side by only a point in the Premier League standings – with United sixth and Tottenham ninth – and the former Everton manager says that they remain dangerous opponents.
“Tottenham are not that far away,” said the Scot.
“Sometimes people can get a little bit ahead of themselves. Personally, I don’t see him (Villas-Boas) being under pressure, but maybe that is for other people to say.
“No matter when you play Tottenham Hotspur, it will always be a hard game. The matches against Manchester United have been good.
“After a result like they had last week, the reaction can vary. We are both coming off the back of European games as well. The main thing for us is to try and win the game.”
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