Sebastien Bassong is unlikely to ever pull on an Arsenal shirt but the Tottenham defender will be right behind them on Saturday.
Spurs sit fourth in the Premier League, two points better off than Manchester City, ahead of the weekend fixtures.
Bassong and his team-mates head for Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime and City are at Arsenal later in the day as the race for the final Champions League place hots up with four games to go.
'I think it's a really good day for English football,' said Bassong. 'The race is really interesting for all the fans, all the people who are watching on TV, so it's a good thing for them and for us.
'I've got a few friends in the Arsenal team - Alex Song and Abou Diaby. We beat them on Wednesday so now I will text them and phone them to encourage them.'
Spurs have enjoyed impressive wins over Arsenal and Chelsea in their last two games and Bassong knows they will have to reach a similar level against Manchester United.
He added: 'Manchester United are still the champions, one of the biggest names in England. They may be second in the table, but that still means they're fighting for the title.
'For me, honestly, there is nothing wrong with them so we have to be really focused.
'I've played at Old Trafford a few times. I never win. I drew with Newcastle on the first day of last season, but that's the only point I've taken over there.
'We're going to try to take some more points this time. In football, if you want to be the best, you have to want to take all the points.
'We knew that it was going to be very hard in these games but we know where we want to go, and if we want to reach the top four we have to take the maximum points. '
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