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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Larsson will not extend his United career

Henrik Larsson has ruled out staying at Manchester United beyond the current loan spell which ends next month. The Swedish striker is set for his first Champions League appearance for Manchester United in Tuesday night's last-16 first leg clash against Lille.

But the 35-year-old has revealed he will return to parent club Helsingborgs on March 12 as originally planned, a week after the second leg against the French club.

I am not saying that I am not flattered or grateful to get the opportunity to extend my stay but there are other things I need to think about,' he said.'The Swedish season starts at the end of March and I need to get back to that. I will stay only until March 12.'The former Celtic and Barcelona forward is becoming affected by travelling to and from Sweden, saying: 'I am going back and forward and it's not an ideal situation.'He added: 'This is a great adventure for me.'I arrived in January and I'm going home in March to play in Sweden. It suits me perfectly.'

Ferguson feels Larsson has improved the other forwards at the club. "He has made a big impact already," Ferguson said. "I'm sure that since he has arrived players like Wayne Rooney and Luis Saha must have been looking at Henrik in terms of his movement and his awareness of space and they will have been watching his finishing in our training sessions. The bonus for us is if he takes us into the later stages of everything we're challenging for. He's been fantastic for us, his professionalism, his attitude, everything he's done has been excellent."