Andre Villas-Boas spoke of rewriting Tottenham's history at Old Trafford on Saturday - but never mentioned the changing of his own.

It is a measure of the man that Villas-Boas chose to heap the praise on his players following their 3-2 win at Manchester United. There was not even a passing aside to the defeat he suffered at Old Trafford 12 months previously, in the early days of a troubled stint at Chelsea.

"Andre is a cool guy who is really easy to talk to," said matchwinner Clint Dempsey. "He wants to win and be successful and his attention to detail, from the management to the physios is just first class. Hopefully we can do some special things."

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