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Redknapp aims to complete hat-trick of triumphs over Manchester United

Redknapp aims to complete hat-trick of triumphs over Manchester United

Harry Redknapp knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup when he was manager of Bournemouth and West Ham. Now he's trying to do the same with Portsmouth.
Redknapp was in charge of third-division club Bournemouth when the Cherries upset the Red Devils 2-0 in the third round in 1984. His West Ham side ousted United 1-0 in the fourth round in 2001.
Redknapp takes Pompey to Old Trafford on Saturday hoping to complete a third personal triumph over the record 11-time FA Cup winners.
"We know it's going to be a really hard game, but we'll give it everything," said Redknapp, who revels in being the underdog.
Approaching his 60th birthday in March, Redknapp is not far behind Ferguson in terms of experience. He has been a manager since 1984.
When it comes to titles, however, he has just a single success _ the lightly regarded Intertoto Cup with West Ham in 2000. By comparison, Ferguson has won eight Premier League titles, five FA Cups, two League Cups and the 1999 Champions League with Manchester United.
Before that, Ferguson won back-to-back Scottish league and cup titles with Aberdeen as well as the European Cup Winners Cup in 1983.
While Ferguson has lifted United to the top of English soccer, Redknapp gets teams performing above expectations.
He achieved promotion with both Bournemouth and West Ham and, while his Portsmouth team was close to relegation last season, the club is now sixth in the Premier League standings.
On the down side, Portsmouth lost 3-0 on its previous visit to Old Trafford on Nov. 4. Redknapp is aware how strong the United lineup is.
"All Alex's teams play such fantastic football," he said. "You know what you're going to get. The passing and movement is brilliant and the players move the ball around so well and it's very hard to live with.
"The team that did the treble (Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in 1999) _ their movement was second-to-none. It was scary. And I think Alex has got back to that with this team.
Redknapp was particularly wary of United's Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo, saying he was among his top five players in the Premier League.
"If you left Ronaldo one-on-one with the best right-back in the world, he would beat him," Redknapp said. "You've got to get tight with him and stop him getting the ball _ which is not easy. Our fullbacks will need all the help they can get."
Saturday's game is one of three all-Premier League matchups in the last 32 of the FA Cup. West Ham hosts Watford on Saturday, and Arsenal welcomes Bolton on Sunday.
Having already reached the League Cup final, Chelsea hopes to make more progress in the FA Cup by beating League One side Nottingham Forest on Sunday. Manchester City hosts Championship club Southampton.
Tottenham, which has won the cup eight times, hosts Southend, which is last in the Championship. Promoted to the top flight last season, Reading has a tough game at Birmingham, which is trying to regain its Premier League spot.
Blackburn goes to Luton and Fulham hosts Stoke, while Middlesbrough visits League One's Bristol City.


Updated : 2021-07-26 13:56 GMT+08:00