REDKNAPP has revealed the secret of Sir Alex Ferguson’s ability to rebuild generation after generation of successful Manchester United teams.
-courtesy of express.co.ukSir Alex Ferguson only does his shopping when the shelves are already full – the shelves of the trophy cabinet that is.Manchester United are likely to field another fresh-looking side against Tottenham at Old Trafford tonight, as injury problems affect team selection.But Harry Redknapp does not feel that will make his life any easier as the champions are already much stronger than they were last year.“It’s the time you buy, when you’re going well,” said Redknapp. “They win the championship last year and he goes out and brings a couple in. Ashley Young is a good signing, a player I tried to sign.“Yes, they’ve got injuries. They have picked up a couple at centre-half. But he has a fantastic young centre-half in Phil Jones. He has got Chris Smalling who can play there and Jonny Evans.
Can we be fourth? We’re not far away. There’s not a lot in it. We’re very close. “So United would still be my favourites from what I’ve seen.“I think that United still have the edge on everybody. They are my favourites to win the league again this year definitely.”They will have to win a three-horse race according to Redknapp, who had extra time to assess his rivals after last Saturday’s start to the campaign was cancelled after the rioting around White Hart Lane.“In all honesty, you have to fancy United, Chelsea or Man City,” he said. “You can’t see those three not making the Champions League, can you? It would be amazing if they didn’t. I am being realistic, not being a pessimist.“It’s between ourselves, Arsenal and Liverpool for that other spot. That’s how I see the season. If we can finish in the top three that would be great. We are aiming to be there, but I can’t see them not making it with the players they’ve got.”True, Hearts were hideously below the par you would expect in the Premier League week in, week out, but they still needed to be taken apart, which Tottenham did relentlessly. Five different scorers have all got their accounts up and running and that is without the anticipated arrival of Emmanuel Adebayor on loan from Manchester City – although the fact he is not eligible for the next two matches means the deal may drag along.Lassana Diarra is another loan target to shore up the centre of a midfield which may or may not have Luka Modric, depending on whether or not Chelsea make Spurs an offer they cannot refuse.For the time being, Tom Huddlestone will fill in with him in place of the impressive but inexperienced Jake Livermore.“Can we be fourth?” Redknapp said. “We’re not far away. There’s not a lot in it. We’re very close.“We’ll get one or two players in before the window closes. The chairman is very close to doing a couple of deals .“You have to keep improving because all the other teams have gone out and improved. Probably only ourselves and Arsenal haven’t done too much.“If we get one or two in again, we’ll be bang there again for sure.”