United will win City battle - Harry

30 October 2010 08:47
Harry Redknapp has backed Manchester United to finish above Manchester City this term, but reckons they may soon be overhauled by their rivals.[LNB] With only goal difference separating the two sides, Redknapp's Tottenham could help City end this weekend above[LNB]United by denying them all three points at Old Trafford on Saturday night.[LNB]That would also help Spurs' hopes of finishing in the top four of the Premier League, with the visitors just two points further back.[LNB]Redknapp believes City are only going to get better if they continue to splash the cash, but is confident United have enough to fend them off this season.[LNB]Asked if City were set to overtake United, Redknapp said: "They're going to push them all the way, obviously.[LNB]"They're going to keep improving but, at the moment, I still wouldn't want to bet on Man City finishing in front of Man United this year.[LNB]"If you asked me to put my life on it, I think I'd still go with Man United."[LNB]Redknapp believes even if City do eventually eclipse United, it will be for one reason.[LNB]He said: "The chairman (Daniel Levy) said to me once, 'How come Chelsea, Arsenal, Man United, Liverpool, or whoever, win the league every year?'[LNB]"If Ian Holloway had £150million-£200million to spend, he'd be close to winning the league at Blackpool, wouldn't he?"[LNB]As well as City improving, there has been talk of a decline at United, but Redknapp cannot see them getting significantly weaker while Sir Alex Ferguson remains manager.[LNB]"Man United will still produce players there, and they'll still be there, as long as Alex is there as well," he said.[LNB]"You've got a special manager there who won't take being second best."[LNB]The rise of City, who Spurs narrowly beat to fourth spot last season, is also bad news for Spurs.[LNB]"Man City are the one team who are maybe a bit stronger than they were last season," Redknapp said.[LNB]"I think Arsenal will be in the top four. They are looking good.[LNB]"I still wouldn't write Liverpool off and Everton will be pushing. So it's going to be hard but we have got as good as chance as anyone."[LNB]Ending their 17-year winless run at the homes of the so-called big four would certainly help Spurs' cause.[LNB]They have not won at Old Trafford for even longer, almost 21 years in fact.[LNB]Redknapp said: "Our league position is really the key because we need to finish in that top four if we want to be in the Champions League again.[LNB]"It's important that we keep trying to pick up league points, even though we're going to a great stadium with a special atmosphere and great tradition.[LNB]"It's always a massive game and hopefully we will go up there tomorrow and perform."[LNB]

Source: Team_Talk