Harry Redknapp: Spurs will end Man United’s unbeaten run
Tottenham manager is convinced his side will become the first team to beat Manchester United in the league
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is confident his side will become the first team to beat Manchester United in the league this season on Sunday.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have not lost any of their 20 top flight matches this term but the Spurs manager insists his side can end their run at White Hart Lane this weekend.
“We’re not an outsider playing against red-hot favourites,” said Redknapp. “It’s a very evenly balanced game between two good teams and I don’t think there’s an awful lot between us.
“We don’t fear anybody. You’ve got to believe you can win the game and there’s no reason we shouldn’t believe that. When we play well we’re as exciting as anybody.”
Fourth-placed Spurs are eight points behind Sir Alex’s table-toppers and Redknapp believes his side need to win on Sunday to retain any hopes of winning the league – and he expects this year’s title race to go down to the wire.
“It’s a game we need to win to keep us in there,” he said. “It’s so close that getting in the top four is going to be hard. There are five teams scrapping it out and we’re one of those teams again.
“I wouldn’t write Manchester City off, I wouldn’t write Arsenal off and even Chelsea are capable of going on a run. Those teams can go and win eight out of the next 10 and draw a couple. It’s very open, I don’t think any one team is on another level to the others.”
Redknapp also all but ended speculation over a possible loan move for David Beckham by revealing there is no deal on the cards. The LA Galaxy midfielder has been training with Spurs this week during the MLS off-season and despite showing interest, the Tottenham boss says the former England captain will not be joining the North London side.
“I would have liked him to play,” said Redknapp. “If he could have come until the end of the season that would have been great.”
And Redknapp revealed he won’t be quizzing Beckham over his former club ahead of Sunday’s showdown. He said: “Manchester United is part of his life and I don’t think he’d want to do that. What can I ask him? A lot of the players weren’t there when he was there and I wouldn’t put him in that position, it wouldn’t be fair.”
He added: “If he wants to come in to our dressing room or go into theirs (on Sunday) that won’t be a problem, but I don’t know whether he fancies coming or not.”