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"The players are fantastic at this club. There is also a very good atmosphere in the dressing room, which is very important. The facilities are second to none - both at Old Trafford and at Carrington."

- Henrik Larsson

14/06/2012 17:23, Report by Adam Marshall
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United Archives: Larsson

In the March 2007 edition of Inside United, the official club magazine, Henrik Larsson gave a major interview after a surprise loan move from Helsingborgs.

The Swedish striker only had a short stay at Old Trafford but he made a positive impact after previously starring for the likes of Celtic and Barcelona.

 You've gone from playing in the Champions League final, back home to Helsingborgs and then to Old Trafford. It must've been an amazing few months for you?
Yes, it's been busy! Initially, it was quite hard to adapt when I first moved back to Sweden because I found I had lots of time on my hands. In the past, I had only been there for four or five weeks during the summer and would therefore have a tight schedule trying to see family and friends before I went away again. So it was a bit difficult at first. But now I'm at Old Trafford and enjoying things.

When did you first hear of United's interest and what was your initial reaction to the news?
The first I heard of it was when the Helsingborgs manager, Stuart Baxter, came to see me and asked me if I wanted to go to Manchester. My immediate reaction was 'yes' and I felt very excited but I wanted to speak to my family about it before I agreed anything. But, once I'd discussed it with them, they were all in agreement that I should do it. I looked at the situation and knew that, at my age, I probably wouldn't get this type of opportunity again.

Were you surprised to get another shot at a big club so late in your career?
It was very flattering but, of course, it was a little surprising too. I moved back home to Sweden last summer and, more or less, decided I didn't want to go anywhere else. However, when Manchester United came in, I just couldn't say no.

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