King relishing Berbatov challenge

King is looking forward to face his former Spurs team-mate Dimitar Berbatov, who left for Old Trafford at the end of the summer.

“Dimitar Berbatov was brilliant for the club, and he was a fans’ favourite, but hopefully we can keep him quiet on Saturday,” he said:

“There will be no animosity between us. We will say hello to him and shake his hand but once we are on the pitch, we have a job to do.

“It happens a lot that you face your former team-mates, and I am used to playing against people I know, so facing Dimitar won’t be an issue.”

King is struggling with inflammation to his knee and will sit out training this week.

He explained: “Until the match comes along, I won’t be counted out. I have niggles, but I just leave it and wait for the day. I have no problem doing that.

“Of course I am desperate to face United, because I want to be involved in all the big games.

“It is a shorter week than normal for me, with the West Ham game being on a Monday night, but I will do my best to prepare and hopefully I will be available.”