Redknapp: Beckham won't face Red Devils

Published Jan. 12, 2011 11:26 a.m. EST

Harry Redknapp has confirmed David Beckham will not face his former club Manchester United even if he does sign for Tottenham this week.

Beckham is currently training with Spurs as the Premier League title hopefuls try to sign the midfielder on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy.

Spurs want the 35-year-old on a short-term arrangement, but as things stand, Beckham will only be at the club to train until February 10, with Los Angeles said to be concerned over insurance issues should their midfielder suffer another injury like he did when on loan at AC Milan ahead of the World Cup.

A deal could eventually be reached later this week ahead of leaders United's visit to White Hart Lane on Sunday.


However, Redknapp admits Beckham's fitness is not yet up to scratch and he will not pick the ex-England captain to face his old club.

"Manchester United this Sunday would be a non-starter even if he does sign," said Redknapp in The Sun.

"He is not fit to play yet and he knows that. It's going to take him a few weeks to get back to anywhere near the fitness levels he's used to."

Beckham has slotted into training easily with the Spurs squad and Redknapp is keen to have the player's experience at his disposal.

He added: "You cannot beat experience and David has it in bucket loads.

"No matter how well you are playing, when you are going into the second half of the season and have Champions League football as well as the Premier League, it's what you need."