Davids: United are yardstick
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Edgar Davids insists Manchester United remain the benchmark for other English clubs.Tottenham midfielder Edgar Davids believes that even in a period of Chelsea dominance, Manchester United remain the benchmark for other English clubs.
Whilst Jose Mourinho's men are currently setting the standard in both The Premiership and Europe, Davids remains convinced United are the team to look up to.
Spurs travel to Old Trafford at the weekend in fine form themselves, with Martin Jol's revolution at White Hart Lane enthusing supporters of the North London outfit.
"What I like most about Manchester United in the years that I watched them, is that they have a big heart," said Davids.
"I like that attitude. You saw that whenever they played Arsenal, they always stepped up to meet the challenge.
"Every team is looking up to Manchester United. Chelsea can now put the standards up and create history, but in the end it is Manchester United who have been successful for six or seven years.
''Of course Tottenham want to be like that but it is very difficult."
Davids continued to reveal that earlier in his career, when at Ajax, he had the opportunity to join United but instead elected to spurn the advances of Sir Alex Ferguson.
''It was a long time ago, ten or 11 years," said Davids.
"It was close because it was one of the best conversations I ever had with a manager.
"We talked about general things and he made a big impression on me. I have no regrets because I didn't do too badly myself."