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Henrik Larsson - Villa Not An Issue

Henrik Larsson has told Sky Sports News that Villa was never an issue because Martin O'Neill never got in contact to bring him to Villa Park.

The 35-year-old former Sweden international has agreed to join Manchester United on a short term basis in January - the Glazier debt starting to kick in perhaps? Should have stuck with a decent American who hasn't put any debt on the club!

Larsson explained:

'Man U took contact with me and wanted to borrow me. I did not have contact with Aston Villa, with the gaffer there who was at Celtic when I was there. We haven't spoken about a loan deal, so it was never really something that I had to think about.'

'I'm very happy, obviously, as it's one of the biggest clubs in the world, if not the biggest. I've been fortunate enough to play for big clubs in my career. I was at Celtic, Feyenoord, Barcelona and now a loan period for 10 weeks in Man U. I know what I'm good at and the players they have there are world-class players, quality players. I hope I can contribute with something, then wait and see what's going to be.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 1 2006

Time: 5:37PM

Your Comments

Villa never wanted you as ur not as good as the quality we are after
Newman
yeh ano ur after *****e quailty coz u cant get any1 good like larsson and ur a ***** club
rk1888
If Martin had wanted him, or thought that he could have done a short term job for us, then rest assured Larsson would have been at B6 long before now. Good player, very good player in fact, will no doubt do a good job for United, but obviously not what MON was looking for.
glensider
What you never had you never miss, but I have a nagging feeling he would have been great at Villa Park, look at his last two seasons.
col8
rk1888, did you actually go to school? Sorry, I guess for you to understand what I'm saying it should be "did u eva go 2 skule?"
Villain Of The North
ha ha is Manchester United the next Accrington Stanley?
Christo
rk118118 - someone is knicking the wheels off your go-cart....quick go!!!
mackaavfc
the strange world of Manure, sell your top striker to a european rival, then replace him with someone past their best??? villa have a plethora (big word rk118118) of nimble strikers in the larsson mould, who in a few seasons will come to the fore, what we needed was a big target man like....Sutton!. MON isn't going to buy someone we dont need, regardless of the vast pile of cash that the villa are now in possession of. fergie only wanted him because UTD are short of strikers because the manager isnt big enough to step down from a row and accept whats the best for his club (ruud,becks,keane....etc). if man u had kept ruud theyd be 12+ points clear of chelski and it would be over by now. larsson is a stop gap, to ease the pressure of europe.
bobbyfett
Don't think he'd fit into our 433 formation as the main striker. Possibly as a winger. Obviously MO'N has faith in Gabby and Luke to do those roles.
Tierney
10 weeks to help utd out that is all this is, close season in scandinavia so appearances from the bench and to help with their squad rotation, villa were never interested end of
fatloser
Larsson isn't cup tied in Europe and the lure of a short term deal involving Europe appeals to him. Villa couldn't offer him that and even with MON I don't think we'd have got him. Depending on who we get in January or more importantly who we have to wait for until August, he might have been a decent stop gap. I just can't wait until January to see who we go for (even if we don't get it'll show our ambition). Just hope it isn't Bellamy.
Gazvilla
I'm gutted he didn't join us , he was one ex celtic player I wanted. Pure class . When he came on for Barca in the european cup final , he changed the game. Fair play to Manure , Larsson will help them win the league , no doubt ! ! Just what they are looking for to compliment Rooney . I'm also sure that MON wanted him but was too late to get him ! Legend .
jaspervilla
Don't really care i think we should be aiming more long term ie younger player's.
chris the villan
I have to say I'm glad we didnt go for him. Never keen on him at Celtic and he is too old now to boot.
DeanoVilla
Would only have been a short term fix and would rather see Gabby given a run as one of the main strikers
Geordie_Villa
He would have been a legend at Villa, enough said
TuBBz
Still would have liked him.... you cant buy his kind of quality and class.
col8
hahaha! MON will always love Celtic more than you!
rk1888
He'll do well at United, provide them with another striking option, and you could bet your last quid on him scoring against us.
glensider
 

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