Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has expressed his delight at securing the surprise signing of striker Henrik Larsson on loan from Helsingborg.
“I have always admired him,” said Ferguson. “I made a move for him when he was at Celtic, but then they managed to persuade him to stay.
“He is a great player. It is a terrific bit of business for us.
“We are bringing someone in who can change a game. When you think back to the Champions League final he was the one who won it for Barcelona when he came on.
“He can play wide right, wide left or up front. I am really happy we have got him.
“I would have liked to have signed him long ago, but I knew he wanted to go to Barcelona and then he went home.”
Larsson will join United on January 1, returning to Helsingborg for the start of the Swedish season on March 12.