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Portuguese international Nani earned a spot in the starting Saturday against London club Queen’s Park Rangers and justified his place with an impressive display.

Nani was one of United’s most dangerous players in the first half and also tracked back on several occasions to win the ball for Sir Alex Ferguson’s club. The Red Devil’s broke through in the 23rd minute when Brazilian Rafael struck from 35 yards away to put United in front.

After Nani’s header was stopped in close by Julio César early in the second half, the Seleção winger fed Ryan Giggs in the box for United’s second goal. The Premier League leaders held on to win at Loftus Road 2-0.

Manchester United now lead the Premier League by 15 points over local rivals Manchester City who play Chelsea on Sunday. Former Portuguese international José Bosingwa made his return to the QPR line-up after a long absence but was largely ineffective.

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André Villas-Boas

Former Porto and Chelsea manager André Villas-Boas proved many of the doubters wrong after his Tottenham-side earned a well deserved 1-1 draw against Manchester United.

American international Clint Dempsey scored well into injury time at White Hart Lane to earn a draw for Tottenham, but Villas-Boas’ side were clearly the better team throughout the match.

Villas-Boas was thrust into the spotlight in 2011 when Chelsea owner Roman Abramovitch hired the young Portuguese manager to lead his ageing club after a recording breaking year at Porto. Villas-Boas was not able to turn the club around and he was fired in March 2012.

But Chelsea was never a good place for any young manager to go. Fact is, given Villas-Boas lack of experience, a club like Tottenham was always going to be a better fit for him.

Villas-Boas took charge of a talented team that played poorly for Harry Redknapp in the second half of last season and fell out of a Champions League spot.

Upon arriving, Villas-Boas began putting his stamp on the London club. He let Croatian international midfielder Luka Modrić leave for Real Madrid with an incredibly elevated price of nearly 50 million Euros.

Modrić had been linked with moves to Chelsea and Real Madrid for almost two years. Many fans began to suspect that the rumours were beginning to take a toll on the club’s on-field performance.

With Modrić gone, Villas-Boas set out to sign Clint Dempsey, Emmanuel Adebayor, Jan Vertonghen, Gylfi Sigurðsson, and French international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. These players have contributed greatly to Tottenham’s revival.

They also narrowly missed out on Portuguese midfielder João Moutinho, who Villas-Boas is very familiar with from his time in charge of Porto. They are widely rumoured to be pursuing him during this month’s transfer window.

Villas-Boas’ decision to use Dempsey as a winger and sometimes midfielder has greatly paid off in terms of production. He has also managed to get the best out of English striker Jermaine Defoe after a few bad years under Redknapp.

Currently standing in 4th position, Tottenham still have a lot of work to do to remain in a Champions League position for next campaign. Signing Moutinho and perhaps a left-back would go a long way.

But, Sunday’s draw with United in a snowy afternoon in London proved to many that Tottenham and Villas-Boas for that matter are a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League.