Henrik Larsson has revealed that not staying at Manchester United for longer is his only career regret.
The Celtic legend sat down with Chris Sutton for an interview that was broadcast on BT Sport after his old side’s Betfred Cup Final win over Motherwell this afternoon.
He produced one interesting insight after another, including his thoughts on Martin O’Neill and why he never left the Glasgow club.
But Larsson gave a particularly interesting view on his short spell with United later in his career.
The Swede had a two-and-a-half month loan spell at Old Trafford back in 2007, scoring three goals in 13 games and helping Sir Alex Ferguson’s side win the English Premier League.
However, he returned to Helsingborgs after promising he would, rejecting the chance to extend his stay in Manchester.
That decision is what Larsson regrets about his career.
Speaking to Sutton, Larsson said: “What I regret is that I didn’t stay on the full season there when I joined them.
“But I had already promised Helsingborgs that I would come back home because the league was starting in early April that year.
“Almost certainly, if I would have stayed, I’d have stayed another year as well. That’s what I regret because the club was fantastic in the way they looked after me and the family. That’s the only thing I really regret in my career.”
That will be interesting for United fans to read considering most wanted the Celtic man to remain at the club beyond his short loan.
He then went on to praise Ferguson for his impact at the club, saying: “He was really good towards me, maybe because I was older at the time as well.
“But I think he was fantastic. the way he was towards the group, that’s what I admire about him.
“You hear that he shouts at the players, of course that happens, but the way he instills belief in his players is fantastic.”
Larsson finished up with an illustrious career in football, scoring goals for Celtic, Barcelona and United before returning to his homeland. He scored 37 goals in 106 international appearances for Sweden too.
You can watch his full interview with Sutton here.