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Man Utd’s veteran signings in the Premier League era

Henrik Larsson is often viewed as one of our oldest signings, after he joined on loan from Helsingborgs at the start of 2007 at the age of 35.

The former Celtic striker arrived at Old Trafford for a short spell after earning Sir Alex Ferguson’s respect for his performances in Scotland. He made his debut in the FA Cup tie against Aston Villa, on this day 15 years ago. However, the Swede was younger than Laurent Blanc by around eight months, when comparing the start date of the France international.

The classy defender had long been on Sir Alex’s radar and performed against the Reds with Montpellier during the successful European Cup Winners’ Cup run in 1991.

Ferguson said at the time: “I have tried to sign Laurent maybe four times now – as recently as last season and when he was at Auxerre, Barcelona and Inter Milan. It was always the wrong time. We have followed him around the world and now we have got him. Forget about his age. I don’t know why people make an issue of that. Players these days take care of themselves so well that their careers are extended for much longer than you’d think and Laurent is one of those cases.”

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