Tottenham Hotspur’s Jan Vertonghen is ready for Jose Mourinho’s mind-games ahead of the clash with Manchester United.

The centre-back came under fire three years ago from the Portuguese manager, who was in charge of Chelsea at the time, for supposedly play-acting to get striker Fernando Torres red carded in a game at White Hart Lane that ended 1-1.

Fellow Belgium international Toby Alderweireld should return in defence alongside Vertonghen after a two-month spell out due to injury.

“[Mourinho] has always got something to say. He is a good manager and he says things in the media. It’s part of the job and he plays it the way he wants to,” the defender told The Mirror.

“He is a great coach first of all, done great things with different teams. He has shown he is a very good coach and a colourful character, but football needs that.”

Spurs head into the game in fifth place on 27 points off the back of a 5-0 thrashing of Swansea last time out and a win in their final group game in the Champions League group at Wembley.

United are in sixth, six points behind the London side and will be looking to close the gap to keep their hopes of a top-five finish alive, without a win in their last three league games after drawing against Everton, West Ham United and Arsenal.


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