TOUR NEWS & FEATURES

23/06/2013 07:37, Report by Ben Hibbs. Video by Matt Singh.

Scandinavian servants

Manchester United enjoys strong links with Scandinavia; as well as legions of supporters in the region, the Reds have had some excellent Nordic servants on the pitch in recent times.

Seven natives of Denmark, Norway and Sweden have made a notable contribution at the club in the trophy-laden Premier League era, from Peter Schmeichel in goal through to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in attack.

Schmeichel boasts more United appearances than any other Scandinavian, playing 398 times during the 1990s. Just behind 'the Great Dane' is striker Solskjaer, who hit 126 goals in 366 games. He was signed in July 1996, as was fellow countryman Ronny Johnsen, with Henning Berg later completing a trio of Norwegians regularly in action at OT.

Like Denmark (Anders Lindegaard's arrival in 2011 reviving the Reds' connection there), Sweden has also produced two Premier League stars for United. Henrik Larsson and Jesper Blomqvist are both fondly remembered in Manchester. The latter arrived in the summer of 1998 in time for the glorious journey to the Treble, while Larsson joined on loan in the title-winning season of 2006/07 and bagged three goals in 13 games. His professionalism and talent made an instant impression on team-mates, staff and fans.

Following the announcement of United's summer match in Sweden, against AIK Fotboll in Stockholm on Tuesday 6 August, our video salutes those seven super Scandinavians.


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