Henrik Larsson has admitted the greatest regret of his career was snubbing Sir Alex Ferguson's pleas for him to spend more time with Manchester United.
Ferguson sprang a major surprise when he confirmed Larsson as a short-term arrival during the 2007 January transfer window - and the striker scored three goals in 13 matches before heading back home in Sweden, having refused to go back on an agreement to return to Helsingborgs for the start of their domestic programme.
"If there is one regret I have from my career, it is that I came home to Sweden when Mr Ferguson was trying to get me to stay at Manchester United," Larsson told www.fifa.com.
"I should have stayed at United for longer because I had a great time there and everyone at the club was very keen to keep me. My time there was too short.
"The whole experience was fantastic and, although I was 35 at the time, I still felt that I had some good football in me. That is a regret."
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