If Radamel Falcao needs any further inspiration for the clash with Liverpool this Sunday, then somebody ought to remind him of the fact that Manchester United fans still sing Diego Forlan’s name.
The Uruguayan striker only managed six league goals in the 2002/03 season and was largely peripheral to the good work that saw Manchester United romp to another Premier League title under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Regardless of that, 12 years on fans still cherish a sunny December afternoon in Merseyside. Having scored two league goals in 11 months for Man United, Forlan doubled that total with a three minute brace against a Liverpool side that was battling against Man United for top spot in the League.
The first came as a result of a Jerzy Dudek howler and it was followed by a near post rocket after some good work from Ryan Giggs.
Man United won 2-1 that day, radically stalling Liverpool and galvanising United in the race for the title. Fergie’s side only lost twice following that momentous victory at Anfield and Liverpool failed to win any of their next seven matches.
Forlan went on to score only 17 goals in 98 games before moving to Villarreal, yet it was enough for the striker to become established in Man United folklore.
Scoring at Anfield is one of the biggest things you can do in a Man United shirt. If you can score against the scousers away from home, you’re immediately a fans’ favourite.
If Falcao was able to, in some way, replicate the heroics of Forlan at Anfield this Sunday, his early season struggles would be in the past. It would be the lift he’s been desperate to find.
Something so incidental, like Dudek’s blunder, could pave the way for Falcao to be looked on in a positive way at Man United and finally emerge as the menacing force that fans so desperately want to see. One clean (or even scuffed) strike of the ball at Anfield on Sunday, could help Falcao find his form.
All Falcao has got to do is make the scousers cry. Simple, right?