Danny Rose insists Tottenham are confident they can achieve a third successive victory at Manchester United – with their rivals under more pressure to finish in the top four. Spurs have won on their previous two outings to Old Trafford after a barren spell of results in previous years and go there on Sunday looking to give their own Champions League qualification chances a boost whilst simultaneously denting the chances of Louis van Gaal’s side. And Rose, who played in the 2-1 win over David Moyes’ United last year, believes a hat-trick of successes can be achieved against a Red Devils’ side which is now entering a crucial period of the season as – following Sunday’s game – United face Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea inside a month. Press Association “We are in a transitional period at the minute and the average age of the squad every week is the youngest in the league so maybe next year, when we have all had a full season of playing together, I think it would be more disappointing – next season – if we didn’t get it than this season.” Rose signed a new five-year deal at White Hart Lane in the summer and has enjoyed an impressive campaign so far, with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino hailing him as the best English left-back in the Premier League this season. He will undoubtedly take his place in the Tottenham side that lines up against United – but it could have been so different had Pochettino not put faith in the former Leeds trainee following the acquisition of fellow left-back Ben Davies from Swansea. “I was fully ready to look elsewhere,” he conceded. “Everyone knows that. I didn’t have a good season last season and I spoke to the manager two weeks before pre-season and he said that I wasn’t going anywhere. “He wanted me to stay and fight and I did that. The club offered me a new contract which I may not have deserved considering the season I had just had. I didn’t have a season like I had (on loan) at Sunderland. “I have to say a massive thanks to the chairman and the manager for giving me that contract. I like to think that I have repaid them with how consistent I have been this season. And I have managed to notch a few goals as well.” “There is more pressure on them to get into the top four than us,” said Rose. “Looking at their run-in, they can’t afford to drop any points. I know it has been well-documented they have not been playing that well over the last few weeks but they are still winning. “But we tend to do better when we are playing on a big pitch and we are looking forward to it. We are confident we can go there and get something. “Two seasons in a row we have gone there and won and there are not many teams who have done that. We will be going there hoping to make it three seasons in a row. There is no reason why we can’t go there and win.” After their chances of winning the FA Cup ended with defeat to Tottenham’s north London neighbours Arsenal on Monday night, Van Gaal must now guide United into the top four if his first season at the club is to be viewed as a success. But Rose believes whilst Tottenham have the desire to return to Europe’s elite club competition, they do not necessarily need to be playing Champions League football next year. “It is important,” he said. “Every season I have been with Tottenham they have set out to try to get into the Champions League. But for me, personally, it wouldn’t be a disappointing season if we did not get into the Champions League.
‘‘You are going to come under intense pressure from other teams as the defending champions of the 2015 World Handball Youth Championship, but you must remember the spirit of sportsmanship. I have watched your training today, and from what I can see you have justified the two weeks you have spent in camp. More importantly, you have to work very hard to retain the trophy you won last year,’’ he said.The Permanent Secretary commended the handball team for setting a good precedence of winning an international trophy last year, pointing out that the administration would encourage all the other sports to move into the spotlight through more training and competitions.In his remarks, the Coach of the State House handball team, Aminu Ibrahim, said the team had gained lots of experience by participating three times in the same international tournament and winning the gold trophy last year.He promised that the team would put in their best to retain the trophy.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Tobi Soniyi in AbujaThe Federal Government Tuesday in Abuja urged athletes participating in the forthcoming 2016 World Handball Youth Championship in Granollers, Spain to defend their current title with diligence, maturity and integrity.The State House handball team, Aso Rock Kings, will be representing Nigeria at the 2016 World Handball Youth Championship, which will be held in Spain, June 28th -July 4th, 2016.Speaking to the team, which had a training session at the National Stadium, the State House Permanent Secretary, Jalal Arabi, told the athletes to remain focus, committed and unwavering in defending the gold trophy they won in Spain last year.