29/06/2012 17:09, Report by Editorial Team
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United Nations: Top five

Three Norwegians have made major first-team contributions at United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ronny Johnsen and Henning Berg. Solskjaer proved to be one of the most astute signings in Premier League history after arriving for £1.5million in 1996 and, of course, wrote his name into folklore with the winner in the 1999 Champions League final. Still revered by the Old Trafford fans, he coached the Reserves after hanging up his boots. Johnsen signed soon after Ole from Besiktas and was largely an unsung hero who made valuable contributions in defence and midfield despite persistent knee problems. Henning Berg proved versatile and dependable following his move from Blackburn a year later and won two titles to add to the one he received at Ewood Park. Strikers Erik Nevland and Joshua King have also had brief action for Sir Alex’s side.
Total appearances: 626 Total goals: 139

Although Brazil has consistently produced some of the best footballers in the world, it took until 2003 before United had a samba star of its own. But Jose Kleberson, a World Cup winner the previous summer, never quite reproduced his international form for the Reds, perhaps owing to various injuries he picked up in his two seasons at Old Trafford. He left in 2005 after making just 30 appearances. Anderson, Rafael and Fabio – all still at United – have fared slightly better than their pioneering compatriot, racking up 288 games between them and playing major roles in both domestic and European trophies. Sir Alex has even said of Anderson: “I hope he can prove to be Paul Scholes’ successor.” For another Brazilian midfielder, Rodrigo Possebon, life at OT proved difficult. Signed in January 2008, the gifted youngster impressed in the Reserves but couldn’t establish himself at a higher level. He played just eight times.
Total appearances: 288 Total goals: 13

Peter Schmeichel, arguably the greatest goalkeeper ever, spent eight memorable years at United and was an integral part in helping the Reds become English football's dominant force in the 90s. Schmeichel was the childhood hero of current Reds stopper Anders Lindegaard who, despite limited opportunities since arriving in January 2011, has impressed on his 13 outings. Rewind to 1984 and you’ll find United’s first Danish representative in Jesper Olsen, also known as "The Flea’"due to his diminutive size. Olsen was a gifted winger who netted some memorable goals and was part of the Reds’ 1985 FA Cup-winning side. John Sivebaek arrived two years after Olsen and will always be famous for netting the first goal of Sir

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