United seal Larsson coup

01 December 2006 12:03
Manchester United have made a sensational swoop to sign former Barcelona and Celtic striker Henrik Larsson on a three-month loan. The 35-year-old Sweden ace will join the Red Devils from Helsingborgs in the January transfer window to act as cover for Louis Saha and Wayne Rooney, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sidelined and Alan Smith still short of full fitness. Larsson will stay at Old Trafford until early March, when the new Swedish season gets underway. Larsson was a legend with the Bhoys, scoring 242 goals in 315 appearances for the SPL giants before heading to Barca, who he helped to the Champions League title last season. He also netted 36 times in 93 appearances for Sweden before retiring from international football earlier this year. He told a press conference in Sweden: "Alex Ferguson called me last night and greeted me to Manchester United. We spoke a little about a match and how it looked like with Christmas and the New Year. "They 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 probably won't play every match from the start, but for me it feels like a very fun thing to contribute at such a late stage in my career."

Source: ESA