Danny Rose explains one of the key reasons for Tottenham's success this season

Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen

Danny Rose believes team spirit has been a big factor in Tottenham's success this season.

Tottenham defender Danny Rose has told the Daily Star that playing alongside so many players from the Spurs academy has been a big boost this season.

Rose, 24, has established himself as Tottenham's first choice left back this season even after the summer signing of Ben Davies - and is even being mentioned as a possible England international later this month.

Spurs made a slow start to the season under manager Mauricio Pochettino, but have really kicked on in recent months, and are now pushing for a Champions League place.

The Capital One Cup Final defeat to Chelsea was obviously a blow, but one of the most promising aspects of Tottenham's season has been Pochettino's reliance on youth.

Rose, a Spurs academy graduate, has been joined in the first team by Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Harry Kane, as well as Andros Townsend as the Tottenham side takes on a home-grown feel under Pochettino.

It's something few other clubs can boast, and Rose told the Daily Star that the spirit amongst him and the young players has been a contributing factor to Tottenham's success this season.

"There is a camaraderie, a bond and it's one of the best feelings I have ever had, playing with people who have been fighting for a chance," he said. "I have never had from people I have played with before. It is one of the best feelings and it is the same throughout the team.

"The manager is willing to trust in the youth. I have known and played with these guys for seven or eight years now and it is the best feeling that they are all getting the praise they deserve," Rose added.

Tottenham now face Manchester United at Old Trafford later today, and in what may be billed as a battle between the team that was bought and that the team that is being built, Spurs will be looking to spring a shock in a key match in the race for the top four - and you can be that Rose, Bentaleb, Mason and Kane will have big say on the outcome.

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