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Hotspurs go for broke

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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

LONDON - Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has vowed to continue his attacking philosophy against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Sherwood tasted victory for the first time as the permanent successor to Andre Villas-Boas when Stoke were beaten 3-0 in the Premier League at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Roberto Soldado's 37th minute penalty, awarded when Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross blocked an acrobatic effort from Emmanuel Adebayor with raised arms, gave Tottenham a deserved first-half lead.

And victory was assured via two goals in four minutes after the break when Mousa Dembele and then Aaron Lennon found the net with well-struck efforts.

Sherwood, who also led Spurs to victory in one of two games as caretaker manager, discarded Villas-Boas's cautious formation that used just one forward and brought back Togo striker Adebayor, who had been largely ignored under the previous regime, as part of a two-man attack.

United have won their past six games in all competitions but Sherwood made it clear he would not go to Manchester on New Year's Day merely to defend in the hope of stealing a draw.

"I like to play with risk," he said. "We will give them respect but also we can't be lambs to the slaughter. We have to make sure we get out there and impose ourselves on them as much as we can.

"United have turned it around, they are on a run. We know from history what they do when they are on a run.

"There won't be any fear. We won there last year, so we have already been there and imposed ourselves on Man United and hopefully the players can use that experience to go forward."