Andre Villas-Boas said Tottenham were tremendous in beating Manchester United

Andre Villas-Boas: Tottenham manager was delighted with the historic win at Manchester United

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Andre Villas-Boas praised Tottenham Hotspur's 'tremendous' performance in their historic win at Manchester United, but insists it is important to build on the 3-2 victory.

Spurs had not won at Old Trafford since 1989, but withstood a second-half onslaught to lay that hoodoo to rest following goals from Jan Vertonghen, Gareth Bale and Clint Dempsey.

United came close to equalising on several occasions in the final half-hour and Villas-Boas hailed the attitude of his players.

"We were tremendous today, the players put in the effort and intensity to get a result," said the Spurs boss.

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"The first half was totally different from the second but we can be proud of each other.

"It was an electric first 15 minutes of the second half but you can see from the desire to hold on to such a historic result that we can count on each other to do big things."

The Portuguese saluted his side after illness had left them with some significant doubts over their line-up, adding: "Gareth was unable to train this week with the flu and (Gylfi) Sigurdsson has been ill the last two days, so the team are exhausted from the effort they put in.

"You have to give compliments to everybody on a special night like this but it doesn't stop here, we have so many important games to play.

"We go to (Panathinaikos) and we need a result to give us a strong position in the (Europa League) group, then we have Aston Villa two days after. It is important to continue from this."