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.”