Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has said they will not be affected by Jose Mourinho's tactics before the game when Spurs take on Manchester United at Old Trafford. The United manager is known to play mind games before matches.

The north London club come into the game on the back of a comfortable win over Champions League minnows CSKA Moscow at Wembley to secure a Europa League spot in the round of 32 while United have also made it through to the next round following their win over Zorya.

Mourinho, who saw his team suffer yet another draw against Everton last weekend, will be desperate to get three points.

Vertonghen said whatever Mourinho does will not have any bearing on their confidence.

"[Mourinho] has always got something to say. He is a good manager and he says things in the media," Vertonghen said, as quoted by the Mirror, when asked if Mourinho's mind games will have any effect on their confidence.

"It's part of the job and he plays it the way he wants to. 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."

Jan Vertonghen and Theo Walcott
Jan Vertonghen has issued a warning to Jose Mourinho Getty Images

Tottenham are currently six points ahead of the Red Devils in the league table and a win here for Spurs would help close the gap on a top four spot. They are currently behind Liverpool and Manchester City by three points.

Vertonghen will be back alongside his compatriot Toby Alderweireld, who missed the entirety of the last two months with a knee injury, providing a much needed boost to Spurs' defence, which needs to be at their very best if they have to overcome the Red Devils.