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Jan Vertonghen: Tottenham must bounce back against Man Utd

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Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has revealed that he and his Tottenham team-mates will hold an inquest into their 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City on Sunday - and believes their upcoming game against Manchester United is the perfect opportunity to bounce back.

Spurs fell to their worst defeat since their 7-1 thrashing against Newcastle in 1996 at the Etihad Stadium yesterday, with braces from Sergio Aguero and Jesus Navas, plus a Sandro own-goal and an Alvaro Negredo strike doing the damage.

After the game Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas said he and his team were "ashamed" of their performance, and Vertonghen says the inquest will begin at training tomorrow morning.

“We need to talk now with the group and get ourselves motivated to bounce back in the next few games,” the Belgian defender told the Evening Standard.

“Of course we didn’t play well against Manchester City but we’re better than this and we can sort the problems out by talking and bouncing back on Sunday against Man United.

“It’s a good thing that we’re playing against them next. We play at home and I know we have the support of our crowd and we’ll be able to win the game on Sunday.”

Spurs now sit in 9th place in the Premier League, eight points behind league leaders and rivals Arsenal.

They haven't found the back of the net in their last three games either, prompting some to question the wisdom of Villas-Boas's £100 million spending spree.

Spurs were on the back foot after conceding with just 15 seconds on the clock following a mistake from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

"We came here with a good motivation to get a good result but to concede a goal after a few seconds was a bad thing if you want to win," continued Vertonghen.

“We did well after that but then we conceded a second and it was a difficult game for us after that.

“They scored very easily, we gave at least three or four goals away too easily.

"That was our own fault. City are a very strong team but I’d love to play this game again next week because we’re better than this. We were very disappointed when we came off the pitch because we felt we could do something here.”

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