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Ferguson, United Thankful for Larsson Addition

Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United fans are expecting big things from Henrik Larsson, who begins his loan deal at Old Trafford on Jan. 2. United''s tiring front-line consists of Wayne Rooney, Louis Saha, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer-when he's fit. As Solskjaer returns from injury, Larsson's arrival could prove to be a crucial addition after the exhausting holiday schedule reaches its conclusion. Between now and then, Premiership clubs will play four games in eight days. Larsson's loan deal lasts from Jan. 2 until March 12-a run of 13 games in all competitions-but that's all United will get, as the Swede made it perfectly clear that he would honor his contract with Helsingborg and return once the Swedish season resumes in March. "That is the problem, seeing him go in March," said Ferguson, "but you hope that by then he will have done enough to keep us at the sharp end of the competition." The Manchester United manager has made no secret about how highly he values the Sweden legend. "We will be sorry for that day to come but, in fairness to Helsingborg, we wouldn't want to intrude on their ambitions. We needed an experienced player. He may be here for a short period, but that may be the most important short period in this club's season." Ferguson added that when news came that United signed Larsson, several of the players came to him and said, "That was a good one, where did you pull that one from?"

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