Date: 10th March 2007 at 10:05am
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Henrik Larsson is expected to be in the starting eleven as United take on Middlesbrough today in the FA Cup quarter-final – the striker’s last game as a Red.

Larsson arrived in January for a short-term loan, in a move hailed by many pundits as the key to the title.

He might not have won us the title but his impact must be appreciated. Let’s take a look at how he fared.

We all remember his magnificent start, scoring against Aston Villa in the Cup to crown an excellent display. This flying debut was not followed by a flow of goals but very much work, shrewd runs and influential displays.

He scored a goal against Pompey but that was wrongly ruled out and found the net in memorable fashion against Watford but the game was over that time. In fact, it was his last game at Old Trafford where he once again scored an important goal to knock Lille out of the Champions League.

So, in terms of stats, he did not do a lot of things for us. But his arrival enabled us to rest Saha and we might see the benefit of this in April when the Frenchman returns from injury. And, according to Sir Alex, Larsson set an example in the training ground and he was much admired by our players, thanks to his workrate and his winning mentality.

If he helped our lads to become more focused and determined to win, than we should be grateful. I am. And he should bow out of English football in the grand manner: by scoring in his last game, just as he had done in the first.