Harry Redknapp has backed Manchester United to finish above Manchester City this season, but reckons they may soon be overhauled by their mega-rich neighbours.
With only goal difference separating the two sides, Redknapp's Tottenham could help City end this weekend above United by denying them all three points at Old Trafford on Saturday night.
Asked if City were set to overtake United, Redknapp said: "They're going to push them all the way, obviously. 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."
He added: "If you asked me to put my life on it, I think I'd still go with Man United."
Redknapp believes even if City do eventually eclipse United, it will be for one reason.
He said: "The chairman (Daniel Levy) said to me once, 'How come Chelsea, Arsenal, Man United, Liverpool, or whoever, win the league every year?'
"If Ian Holloway had £150million-£200million to spend, he'd be close to winning the league at Blackpool, wouldn't he?"
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.
"Man United will still produce players there, and they'll still be there, as long as Alex is there as well," he said.
"You've got a special manager there who won't take being second best."
Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.