Ex-United loan star Henrik Larsson was not surprised to see former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo sweep up at the PFA player awards.
The Swedish striker, who has returned to his native Sweden following a successful loan spell at Old Trafford involving three goals in 10 starts, told ManUtd.com that he wasn’t surprised to see his former team-mate win both Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year at last week’s awards.
"I was pleased to see Cristiano Ronaldo pick up the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards in the English Premiership,” he said.
“Since he is being talked about as the greatest player in the world it's not a surprise that he got those awards.”
Having been on the receiving end of some of Ronaldo’s hard work, as well as having played with some of the best players in the world at previous club Barcelona, Larsson is well placed to comment on the youngster’s improvement this season.
“He definitely deserves them. Having played together at Manchester United I have nothing but admiration for him,” he continued. “He has tremendous skill and also puts in a lot of hard work. He's a fantastic player and it's amazing to think that he will only get better.”
Larsson also heaped praise on the rest of the United side, suggesting that while Ronaldo may have been singled out by his peers, the rest of the squad has played an important part in United’s success so far this year.
“There are a number of players at United who could have won the award, because there is so much talent in the side, but Cristiano does stand out a bit. He's a joy to play alongside and it will be interesting to see how he develops in the future.”
Larsson’s new side Helsingborgs lost 3-1 to league leaders Djurgardens last weekend and currently sit in 12th spot three games into the Swedish Allsvenskan season. Larsson registered his first goal of the season in a 3-1 win against Gefle in week two.