Redknapp's record has Huddlestone convinced Spurs will lift the Carling Cup

27 February 2009 03:43
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Tom Huddlestone claims Harry Redknapp's cup record against Manchester United

has given Tottenham's

players the belief they can shock the European champions on Sunday.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side are strong favourites to win the Carling Cup but Spurs midfielder Huddlestone says confidence is high among his team-mates - despite the 34-point gap between the sides in the Premier League table.

Spurs have not beaten United since May 2001 but manager Redknapp's record against them is much better.

His Portsmouth side won 1-0 at Old Trafford in last season's FA Cup quarter-final, while Redknapp also enjoyed memorable cup victories over United as manager of Bournemouth in 1984 and West Ham in 2001.

Huddlestone said: 'The manager has been around a long time and he has some good scalps, especially those wins against Manchester United. Let's hope Sunday will be another one.

'Hopefully, we will come out on top. Our Premier League form this season has not been the best, but we're a confident bunch of players. With the squad we've got, we're confident we can perform.

'Ferguson has said he will play a similar team to the one that got them to Wembley, which means some of their younger players will be in the team. But they are all quality individuals.'

Huddlestone gave a strong performance as captain as a weakened Spurs side were knocked out of the UEFA Cup by Shakhtar Donetsk, last night's 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane sending the Ukrainian champions through 3-1 on aggregate.

Heurelho Gomes, Gareth Bale and Jamie O'Hara were the only other senior players on duty who are likely to be involved at Wembley, with key men including Jonathan Woodgate, Luka Modric and Aaron Lennon all certain to return.

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Defender Ledley King and striker Roman Pavlyuchenko both face battles to be fit for the game, the former against his long-standing knee problem and the latter with a groin strain.

'We will see how Ledley is tomorrow. Pavlyuchenko seems okay, but he has a little groin strain, and if he isn't fit, Darren Bent is the only striker I have available,' admitted Redknapp.

'Jermain Defoe is injured, and Fraizer Campbell and Robbie Keane are ineligible. I have had to juggle it this week, and I am pleased with how it is turning out.'

O'Hara returned to action after a month out with a hip problem, playing 70 minutes against Shakhtar.

It was enough to convince Redknapp, who added: 'I can see Jamie being involved on Sunday.

'He has been unlucky. Had it not been for the injury against Burnley, he would have stayed in my team. He was top-class against Shakhtar.

'Jamie is a good footballer. He is a great passer, has a lovely left foot, and gives you balance in midfield.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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