Larsson enjoying tandem with 'very best' Rooney

February 2, 2007

Henrik Larsson ranks Wayne Rooney alongside any player he has ever appeared alongside.

Considering Larsson spent the last two years in the same Barcelona team as Ronaldinho and Deco, it is some compliment from the veteran Swede.

And the assessment comes even though Larsson has only been in the same team as Rooney on five occasions.

Yet the pair already appear to have struck up a bond, with Larsson taking advantage of a Rooney assist against Watford on Wednesday, just as the 35-year-old had helped set up one of his young team-mate's goals against Portsmouth four days earlier.

'Wayne Rooney is right up there with the very best players I have ever played with,' Larsson told BBC Radio Manchester.

'He can shoot and score goals and is a great passer of the ball. It is fantastic to have the opportunity to play with him.

'I have always said it is easy to play with great players - and he is a great player.

'When you look at Wayne and Cristiano (Ronaldo), it is frightening to think they can only get better because both are already up at such a high level.

'It is up to them how good they want to be because there is no limit.'

With Louis Saha now fully fit after a recent knee injury, Sir Alex Ferguson must consider whether to split his striking dream team for Sunday's trip to Tottenham.

It must be tempting to keep faith with Larsson, particularly as the forward continues to insist he will be flying home, as planned, when his loan period expires on March 12.

Ferguson can hardly allow him to leave without a concerted attempt to persuade him to stay for the remainder of the campaign, particularly as Larsson is enjoying his time in England so much.

'At my age, I didn't think I would get the chance to play with players of this calibre again,' he said.

'I moved back home to Sweden last summer and more or less decided I did not want to go anywhere else, so when United came in for me, it was a bit surprising and very flattering.

'I have been watching these guys on TV for quite a while and I just could not say no.

'Now I am here, I am enjoying it immensely. There is a great team spirit, which is so important and I am loving every minute I get on the pitch.'