Criticising Fergie for influencing refs is just far too costly, says Spurs boss AVB
22:19 GMT, 28 September 2012
Andre Villas-Boas claims he will run
the risk of another FA fine if he is honest about Sir Alex Ferguson's
influence over referees.
The Tottenham chief, who was fined
12,000 last season after claiming Chris Foy was 'very poor', takes his
team to Old Trafford on Saturday.
Foy will again be in charge.
Expensive lesson: Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas
Villas-Boas said: 'It would be
brilliant to be able to talk about this, but I paid a very high fine
last season and I don't want to do it again.
'In this country, it is impossible to respond to it, but I would never stop myself expressing an opinion at Old Trafford.'
The Spurs chief will again rely on Jermain Defoe for his side's firepower against United.
Villas-Boas added: 'He's looking extremely happy and he's been creating so much. He's been immense.
'He is getting continuous opportunities. Maybe he didn't get them in the past.
'When he had an uninterrupted sequence of games last season, he scored a lot of goals.
'At the moment we are extremely happy with what he is doing and I'm sure it has an impact on how he feels about himself in this team.'