World Cup champion Marcello Lippi has hailed the summer market work of both Manchester United and Manchester City.

Asked which clubs have impressed him during the summer transfer window, Lippi declared: "My friend, [Sir Alex] Ferguson, following the defeat to AC Milan in the semifinal of the Champions League, has reached the conclusion that Manchester United needed to strengthen it's team.

"He has signed Owen Hargreaves, Anderson, Carlos Tevez and above all Nani, who is a great young player.

"The big English improver is Manchester City. Rolando Bianchi can make his name in the Premiership. They are ready to compete for the English title."