Johnson can see shift of power

The England and City winger acknowledges United’s years of
dominance but believes it “could all change” in the next 12 months.
City lifted the FA Cup and also qualified for the Champions League
for the first time last season and are expected to embark on
another spending spree this summer. Johnson said: “United have been
on top for decades now. But I think we are definitely closer. “I
think we are probably as close as we ever were. I think everyone
knows that now. “Maybe if you tweak the squad a little bit, we
could give it a massive push next season, and who knows, it could
all change.” But Johnson believes it is vital City keep hold of
leading scorer Carlos Tevez. Tevez once again has a question mark
hanging over his future despite City boss Roberto Mancini declaring
he was optimistic the striker would remain at Eastlands. Johnson,
currently preparing for England’s Euro 2012 qualifier with
Switzerland on Saturday, said: “Carlos carries us sometimes with
his goals and his drive. “Personally he is probably the best player
I have played with. “Some of the goals, and some of the stuff he
does in training, is just unbelieveable. “Personally I hope we keep
hold of him just like all the City fans do. “He will be a major
part next season when we are playing in the Champions League. “He
would be hard to replace. There are probably only five or six
strikers out there who get you that many goals a season at the
highest level. “We have one of them, so it would be great if we
could keep him.” Johnson believes playing in the Champions League
will only enhance his prospects of becoming a regular player with
England. He said: “Personally it’s going to help me playing week in
week out in the Champios League, and doing well, and I will have a
chance to be in most of the (England) squads. “Watching this
season’s final certainly whets your appetite to be involved in such
things. “That’s what you are in football for, Champions League
finals, with the best players and the best teams in the world. “We
are going to get the chance to do that next season.”