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Tottenham boss Redknapp backing Campbell for Man Utd success

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has backed Sol Campbell for a move to Manchester United.

The Red Devils have been linked with a move for the experienced free agent, who is looking for a new club following his brief ill-fated spell with Notts County.

While some have questioned whether the former England international still has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League, Redknapp has no doubts of his qualities.

A host of defensive injuries has meant the likes of Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher have been forced to operate at the back recently as Sir Alex Ferguson attempts to calm the crisis.

Redknapp concedes the defender regrets his Magpies move but reckons he would be a short-term success for United.

"Sol Campbell can do at the back what Henrik Larsson did up front for Manchester United two years ago," Redknapp told The Sun.

"Campbell can prove, as Swedish star Larsson did, that he still has the quality to play at the very highest level and I'm not surprised at the reports tipping him for a Premier League return.

"Not too many people took to the idea of striker Larsson doing a more than decent job for Alex Ferguson back in January 2007 when he was plucked from Swedish part-timers Helsingborgs.

"Sir Alex needed a temporary fix for his squad when he was struggling with injuries to strikers Alan Smith and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

"It worked out brilliantly as Larsson scored on his debut against Aston Villa in the FA Cup and then against Watford in the league during his three-month stay.

"United went on to win the Premier League title that season, two months after Larsson, now 37, went home to Sweden with Sir Alex full of praise for the way he handled himself."

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