The Straits Times
Published on Oct 03, 2012

Tottenham spurred on by historic win over Man Utd


PARIS (AFP) - Tottenham will head into their second Europa League group match away to Panathinaikos brimming with confidence after notching up a first Premier League victory over Manchester United in 27 attempts on the weekend.

After a slow start to Andre Villas-Boas' reign at White Hart Lane, three straight league wins including the 3-2 thriller at Old Trafford have taken Spurs into fifth place and seem to have turned the tide for their Portuguese manager.

A first win over Sir Alex Ferguson's team since May 2001 left Villas-Boas declaring: "We don't stop here" as Spurs aim for a first European trophy since 1984 when they beat Anderlecht to claim the then-Uefa Cup.

"We feel confident now and our form has been impressive," said the former Chelsea coach who won the Europa League with Porto in 2011.