Redknapp: Campbell can be like Larsson for Man Utd
2009-12-10 - Added by
Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp reckons free agent Sol Campbell would be a 'quality' acquisition for Manchester United, just like Swedish legend Henrik Larsson was in 2007.
Campbell, 35, has been mooted as a possible antidote for United's current defensive injury crisis which has seen Sir Alex Ferguson forced to pair midfielder duo Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick in the centre of his side's defence.
Currently a free agent having secured his release from Notts County, the former England man is currently training with Arsenal in a bid to ready himself for a return to top-flight action in January, but needs to secure a deal with a club first.
And his former Portsmouth manager Redknapp, speaking in his column in The Sun, has urged Ferguson to take a punt on the veteran, insisting it could prove to be a canny bargain in the ilk of Larsson's 2007 loan deal.
Larsson, who at the time was also 35, was drafted into the United side for a two-and-a-half month spell which coincided with the Swedish off-season, and made a massive impression on his manager, team0mates and fans alike.
Under contract at his former club Helsinborg at the time, Larsson's brief spell yielded three goals and had Ferguson desperately trying to extend the deal, even comparing the Swede to United legend Eric Cantona.
And Redknapp believes a short term deal for Campbell could be similarly constructive for both parties, insisting that the stopper could still cut it at the top level, despite his horrendous and oh-so-brief spell in League Two.
"Campbell can prove, as Swedish star Larsson did, that he still has the quality to play at the very highest level and I'm not surprised at the reports tipping him for a Premier League return," said Redknapp.
"United went on to win the Premier League title that season, two months after Larsson went home to Sweden with Sir Alex full of praise for the way he handled himself.
"Sol can still do a job for anyone and probably the biggest mistake he has made in recent years was moving to Notts County.
He added: "You never know, Sol could be getting another title medal of his long career when they are handed out in May."