Man Utd hero Diego Forlan left Sir Alex Ferguson red-faced over tactical choice

Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan has recalled a time where he was furious after being left on the bench by Sir Alex Ferguson – so much so that he came on and scored two goals in anger.

The ex-Uruguay forward joined United from Independiente in 2002 and had an up-and-down spell at Old Trafford, becoming a cult hero due to two goals against bitter rivals Liverpool despite often not managing to live up to expectations with his performances.

He would often compete with Ruud van Nistelrooy for a place in the starting line-up, and speaking to the UTD Podcast Forlan recalled a game against Aston Villa in which he was named as a substitute.

Diego Forlan celebrates one of his goals against Aston Villa

“I remember that time (against Villa) I was scoring goals, I was in a good role,” Forlan said. “Sir Alex came to me and said that Ruud preferred to play on his own up front, so I was going to be on the bench.

“I was not that happy, I was angry, and when I came on the pitch I remember Roy Keane came to me and he knew that I was angry.

“The gaffer put me on for the last 15 minutes. I got the ball and was so angry trying to hit it. I fell down, got up trying to see a way to hit the ball and hit a great strike into the top corner.

Forlan always speaks with fond memories about his time at United

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“A second one I scored on the far side and it was really nice.”

Forlan is still remembered fondly by United fans, and has always been complimentary about his time at the club despite his up-and-down showings.

He announced his retirement from football last year after a brief spell with Hong Kong Premier League side Kitchee and later took charge of his former club Penarol, but lasted just three months before being sacked.


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