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Ferguson hails his sensible opponent Redknapp

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has praised the common sense approach of Tottenham counterpart Harry Redknapp as he prepares to face Spurs as genuine title rivals for the first time in his 26-year reign.

Tottenham are eight points behind United having played a game more and need to win at White Hart Lane to remain in real contention, in a campaign where they have also impressed in Europe.

Ferguson credits their success to the ability of Redknapp.

The north London side have proved themselves capable of taking any team apart on their day— most famously against Inter Milan in the Champions League in November and Ferguson believes it is down to Redknapp's straightforward approach to his job.

“Harry's great strength is his common sense management,” said Ferguson, ahead of tomorrow’s clash.

“He doesn't confuse issues. He is a good judge of a footballer and is straightforward in what he demands of them.

“That is down to the experience he has gathered over the years. Common sense management today is not a bad thing to have.”

United could not be picking a better time to welcome back Wayne Rooney after a two-match absence, whilst skipper Nemanja Vidic and veteran goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar are also expected to return.

Redknapp has already stated his belief that United will not emulate Arsenal's 'Invincibles' by completing the entire campaign undefeated. Ferguson does not view that as an attempt to undermine his own team, merely another example of his friend's down-to-earth approach.

“There is nothing exceptional in that comment,” he shrugged.

“Harry is just echoing what I have said all along. There will be a blip, but can you tell him I don't want it to be on Sunday?”

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