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The 14 Scandinavians to Have Played for Man Utd Before New Signing Victor Lindelof

Manchester United spent big money to buy Swedish international defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica this week. There is a rich recent history of Scandinavian players at Old Trafford and the £30m centre-back will become the 15th from the Nordic nations to represent United when he makes his debut for the club next season.


From Norway, Denmark and Sweden, here's a look at the 14 who have come before...

14. Joshua King (Norway)

Manchester United's Norweigan forward Jo

Oslo-born Joshua King joined United from Norwegian club Valerenga at the age of 16, making his first-team debut in a League Cup tie against Wolves just over a year later.


That was to be one of only two senior appearances, though, and the winger left for Blackburn in 2012 after a series of loans. King has now established himself in the Premier League with Bournemouth and has scored twice against United in the last two years.

13. Mads Timm (Denmark)

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Winner of the FA Youth Cup with United in 2003, Mads Timm was the once 'next big thing', got on the wrong side of Sir Alex Ferguson, and was even sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders institute while at Old Trafford after being found guilty of dangerous driving.


The forward played a single first-team game for United, coming on as a substitute against Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League, but was let go in 2006 and his career petered out.

12. Erik Nevland (Norway)

Fulham v Celtic - Pre Season Friendly

Signed from Norwegian club Viking after a successful trial in 1997, Erik Nevland struggled to turn his early promise into anything of substance at Old Trafford and ultimately played just only one first-team game for the club before returning home in 2000.


Nevland later impressed with Groningen in the Netherlands and was given a second chance in England by Fulham in 2008, going on to score nine Premier League goals for the club.

11. Bojan Djordjic (Sweden)

Bojan Djordjic of Manchester United

Serbian-born Swede Bojan Djordjic spent a total of six years on United's books between 1999 and 2005 but ultimately played just one Premier League game during that time - a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal in November 2001.


The winger later played for Rangers, Plymouth and most successfully at AIK Stockholm, as well a number of other clubs around England, Europe, and even briefly in India. These days, Djordjic is back with United and can often be seen working as a pundit for MUTV.

10. Anders Lindegaard (Denmark)

Manchester United v Chelsea - Premier League

Goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard's most noteworthy contribution in a United shirt came during the title winning 2012/13 season when he played 10 Premier League games as a stand-in while David de Gea was still adjusting to the rigours of English football.


Famed for saying he didn't join United to sit on the bench and pick his nose, the Dane played a total of 29 games in all competitions in his four and a half seasons with the club.

9. John Sivebaek (Denmark)

John Sivebaek of Denmark

Right-back John Sivebaek will always have a place in United history as the player who scored the very first goal of the Alex Ferguson years, dispatching a free-kick in a win over QPR in November 1986.


Sivebaek had joined United the previous season when Ron Atkinson was manager and went  on to play at the 1986 World Cup with Denmark's cult 'Danish Dynamite' generation. Fergie seemingly didn't fancy him, though, and the defender was sold to Saint-Etienne in 1987.

8. Henrik Larsson (Sweden)

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Henrik Larsson spent just six weeks as a United player in early 2007 after arriving on a short-term loan from Helsingborg but is still widely remembered with great affection by fans.


Formerly a European Golden Shoe winner with Celtic, Larsson scored on his United debut in the FA Cup against Aston Villa and later netted an important Champions League goal against Lille. He was invited to stay longer, but the player remained loyal to Helsingborg.

7. Henning Berg (Norway)

Henning Berg of Manchester United

Henning Berg was already a Premier League title winner with Blackburn when he joined United for £5m in 1997 - a joint British record fee for a defender at the time - and fitted with Alex Ferguson's proven policy of plucking the 'best from the rest' to stay on top.


Berg collected further league titles in 1999 and 2000. Arguably his best games in a United shirt came during the treble season's Champions League quarter final tie against Inter Milan, particularly when Brazilian superstar Ronaldo returned to the Inter side in the second leg.

6. Jesper Blomqvist (Sweden)

Jesper Blomqvist

Perhaps these days unfairly judged as a flop, Jesper Blomqvist first caught the attention of United boss Alex Ferguson while playing against the club for IFK Goteborg in the Champions League in 1994, having also previously impressed for Sweden's golden generation at the World Cup six months earlier as they made the semi-finals and finished fourth.


Left-winger Blomqvist finally arrived at Old Trafford in 1998 and played 38 times in all competitions during the treble campaign, including starting the Champions League final. But a serious knee injury meant he subsequently missed two whole years before moving on.

5. Jesper Olsen (Denmark)

Jesper Olsen of Manchester United

Danish winger Jesper Olsen was a team-mate of the late, great Johan Cruyff during his time at Ajax in the early 1980s and was the player with whom the Dutch master famously pulled off a controversial 'passed penalty' with during a game in 1982.


Olsen joined United under Ron Atkinson's leadership two years later in 1984 and played over 170 games for the club during four seasons in England. He was an FA Cup winner in 1985 and scored as many as 11 league goals from his role out wide in the 1985/86 campaign.

4. Ronny Johnsen (Norway)

Ronny Johnson

A former striker until transitioning into a centre-back role in the early 1990s, Ronny Johnsen was snapped up by United from Besiktas in the summer of 1996 for a fee in excess of £1m that made him Norway's most expensive ever defender at that time.


With Steve Bruce having left the club earlier that year, Johnsen was immediately a regular for United and won a Premier League title straight away. That was followed up when he was part of the treble side in 1998/99, but injury ultimately limited his appearances thereafter.

3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden)

Manchester United FC v FC Zorya Luhansk - UEFA Europa League

Zlatan Ibrahimovic began his debut United season just two months shy of his 35th birthday. Many doubted whether Sweden's talisman could make an impact in England, but the veteran striker finished 2016/17 with 17 Premier League goals and 28 in all competitions.


A serious knee injury cruelly ended his season in April, though, and has since seen Zlatan earmarked for release when his contract expires this month. But he will remain at the club during his recovery and could yet sign a short-term deal when fit again early next year.

2. Peter Schmeichel (Denmark)

Peter Schmeichel of Manchester United

During much of the 1990s, Peter Schmeichel was regarded by many as the best goalkeeper in the world. The 'Great Dane' arrived in England from Brondby in 1991, a year before the advent of the Premier League, and was then a Euro '92 winner with Denmark.


Schmeichel never played fewer than 43 games a season in eight years at Old Trafford and bowed out in the best way possible  1999 when he lifted United's first European Cup since 1968 to complete a treble that still proves elusive for every other English club.

1. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Norway)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United celebrates scoring the fourth goal

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was United's alternative option after missing out on a world record deal for Alan Shearer in 1996. After playing at Euro '96 in England, the 'Baby-Faced Assassin' joined from Molde soon after and was an instant hit.


Solskjaer finished his debut season as the club's top scorer and will forever hold a place in United folklore after scoring the goal that won the Champions League in 1999. Injury problems later took hold, but he returned for one final campaign in 2006/07 before retiring.

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