Goal of the Day: F is for Forlan
Our new A-Z Goal of the Day series reaches the letter 'F' today, which stands for Forlan.
He played a supporting role in the Premier League title success of 2002/03 – scoring some match-winning goals such as today's Goal of the Day, which you can see below – before leaving to sign for Villarreal in 2004.
There were eight more the following season, including the opener in our 3-0 win over Rangers – a stunning, swivelling volley that merits repeat viewings. He left at the start of the 2004/05 season, completing a United career that totalled 98 games and included 17 goals.
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“There was never a problem with him at Old Trafford. It was just the combination of him and Ruud van Nistelrooy didn’t work. The boy had other issues, [like] his sister’s health in Spain. He always wanted to get to Spain at some point. The only criticism of ourselves was that we sold him too cheaply. He could have been a hero. He was a great lad and a magnificent professional.”(Sir Alex Ferguson)
“Diego Forlan went onto score bags of goals for Atletico Madrid and went onto be a brilliant player in La Liga, but he never scored for [almost] 30 games for United. Obviously, he scored some really important goals in the second season, but it was obvious he was a really good player. He was an example of a player who was a brilliant lad, a really talented player, but he just needed to play at a different club in a different environment to excel.”(Gary Neville)