Diego Forlan.

What is Forlan's favourite player chant?

Wednesday 22 June 2022 10:53

Diego Forlan may have had one of the most famous Manchester United fan chants of the Premier League era but the Uruguayan admits he is particularly fond of a current song often heard around Old Trafford.

The South American, a cult hero with the Reds' following after his double strike at Liverpool in 2002, was due to take part in the recent Legends of the North charity fixture against Merseysiders.

However, he was cruelly denied the opportunity to run out at the Theatre of Dreams again because of travel problems, and missed feeling the warmth of the club's support. 

Yet, speaking ahead of that event, Forlan was asked whether his own chant was his particular favourite, or if there were others that he liked and enjoyed.

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"Ooh now, there were many and now it’s difficult for me to remember," he admitted in our interview. "There was one for Roy Keane as well, another one for Ruud [van Nistelrooy]. I remember again, [Paul] Scholes.

"[More recently], when I saw Instagram, the [Anthony] Elanga song was unbelievable as well. I think they were leaving the stadium and someone was filming the way they were singing the song.

"They are always very, how do you say? Imaginative? Creative and that’s unbelievable. I was watching that on Instagram and the way they were singing the song because he scored that goal against Atletico Madrid. It was really nice hearing the song.”

Elanga's chant, to the tune of Snap's 'Rhythm is a Dancer', is regularly aired home and away, after the Sweden international's impressive campaign in 2021/22, and we hope to hear more of it next term.

Forlan, meanwhile, has always expressed his shock and admiration for how he is still remembered for his exploits against Liverpool, some 20 years ago now.

"I remember I was at Villarreal," he added. "In the next season, I left and I was in the living room with my brother watching the game and they started singing the song. You know, we just faced each other and said: ‘Is that right? They are singing my song! They’re still singing it!’

"It was the following season and it was a surprise for me and then they continue doing it and still now they do it.”