Christian Eriksen sees no reason why Tottenham should abandon their attacking philosophy when they head to Manchester United tomorrow evening.
Tim Sherwood has put paid to the slow turgid days of Andre Villas-Boas by installing a new impetus on attacking football since he became manager. The move has paid off to a large extent so far. Tottenham’s 3-0 win over Stoke took Sherwood’s tally to seven points out of a possible nine, but the north London club have not faced a team of United’s calibre since the change in manager.
The Red Devils are full of confidence after a six-match winning streak. Their attack will be bolstered by Wayne Rooney, who is expected to return for the game at Old Trafford. Some have suggested that approaching the game in a more conservative fashion would be a wise move, but Eriksen does not want to see a change.
“I think we should go to United and just play like we did against Stoke,” Eriksen said.
“We should just play free. We will still get space and we just have to take our chances.
“Of course United are a better team than Stoke and we have full respect for them, but I think we can get something from the game.”
Although doubts remain about Tottenham’s defensive vulnerabilities, the fact that Spurs have scored three times on two occasions has, at least, brought back some cheer after what has been a tumultuous couple of months for the club.
Belgian Moussa Dembele believes the club have nothing to fear at Old Trafford.
“I am not scared to go there,” the Tottenham midfielder said.
“They are a top team. We have a lot of respect for them of course, but we have a very good team too.
“We can’t have too much respect. We have to play our own game. We can do something there, why not?”
While Tottenham’s players may be bullish, there may be reason to fear.
Wayne Rooney is set to return for United after missing out against Norwich with a thigh strain and David Moyes is confident Robin van Persie is close to a return, though the match with Tottenham will probably come too early.
Defender Patrice Evra believes the Red Devils have rediscovered their hunger after picking up a second win in three days with victory over Norwich.
“I think the lads deserve plenty of credit.
“It’s never easy to play two games on the road like that,” said the Frenchman.
“The team is now playing better, we have that winning mentality and United spirit which was missing at the start of the season. I can see that our hunger has come back, so I’m confident, but I don’t want to talk about the title. I just want to talk about the next game, Tottenham at home. We need to make sure that we win, and that we keep the momentum going.”
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