Tottenham midfielders insist squad is united behind AVB

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Sandro and Mousa Dembele insist that the entire Tottenham squad is united behind boss Andre Villas-Boas after their 2-2 draw with Manchester United on Sunday.

Villas-Boas came in for a barrage of criticism following his side's 6-0 defeat against Manchester City eight days ago, with some reports suggesting he was on the verge of being sacked.

Spurs offered up a much-improved performance to claim a point against Manchester United at White Hart Lane, after which Villas-Boas engaged in a war of words with one particular journalist, while also hitting out at former chairman Lord Alan Sugar for his out-spoken views.

One claim made by both the Daily Mail and the Guardian after the Manchester City defeat was that some Tottenham players were unhappy with Villas-Boas's post-match remarks that both he and his team should have been ashamed of their performance. 

However both Sandro and Dembele, both of whom played in Sunday's draw at White Hart Lane, insists there is no disharmony in the Spurs camp.

When asked if the criticism of Villas-Boas was fair, Dembele said: "No, of course not. The manager is working hard to give everyone confidence.

"The Man City result was not only embarrassing for the manager, but for us as well. People were laughing at us after that performance."

He added when asked if they were fully behind the manager: "Of course (we are)".

Sandro has become in a fixture in Tottenham's team in recent weeks and scored a superb goal to give his side the lead in the second half against the second half before a Wayne Rooney penalty levels things up.

"Everyone likes Andre," the Brazilian said.

"We have to play for him and I think everyone is doing that on the pitch.

"Criticism happens to any coach if you do not win games. He knows we are here and we showed him what are going to do. I play for him every game. And for the club."

After Sunday's result, Tottenham now sit three points adrift off Liverpool in 4th, with rivals and Premier League leaders Arsenal a further seven points ahead.

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