Henrik Larsson Signs A Loan Deal

Posted On December 25, 2006

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Henrik Larsson

United have confirmed they have agreed a loan deal for Henrik Larsson.

The 35-year-old striker will arrive from Swedish club Helsingborgs on 1 January and will remain at Old Trafford until 12 March.

Larsson is delighted with the move and is looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“Sir Alex Ferguson called me last night and welcomed me to United,” said Larsson. “We spoke a little about a match and how it looked with Christmas and the New Year.

“United have been after me before – after the first or second season with Celtic. It feels nice to come and play for such a big club.

“I will go over there to play as much as possible – but I have no idea of how Ferguson wants to use me. Am I a back-up? Yes, at the beginning; I probably won’t play every match from the start. But then you will see what I can contribute and how things are going.

“I know the players, they are very good, ” he added. “I have played against many of them, so it’s not a new thing. I hope the situation will be easier, knowing the faces and names.

“For me it feels like a very fun thing to contribute at such a late stage in my career. We have not discussed a jersey number at all. We will see what it will be.”

Larsson returned to his native Sweden in July after two years at Barcelona. In his final game for Barca, Larsson collected a Champions League winners’ medal after assisting both goals as a sub in the 2-1 win over Arsenal at the Stade de France.

The loan seems to suit all parties, providing United with another attacking option and giving Larsson the chance to maintain his match sharpness before the Swedish season starts in April. Larsson, who won Europe’s Golden Boot in 2001 with 35 league goals for Celtic, will be eligible to play for United in the Champions League if they reach the last 16.


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