Diego Forlan: Manchester United chant still gives me goosebumps

by Ben Topliss

Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan believes his brace against Liverpool in December 2002 was one of the highlights of his Old Trafford career.

Forlan took advantage of a Jerzy Dudek mistake to open the scoring before doubling Man United’s lead just two minutes later with a powerful finish.

Sami Hyypia pulled a goal back for Liverpool late on but United held firm to record a famous 2-1 victory.

Forlan has fond memories of the two goals and said he still gets goosebumps when he hears fans at Old Trafford chant about the match.

Speaking about the game, Forlan said: ”My sister re-tweeted something which I saw last week.

“It was from a Manchester United fan who said they were practising for their game at Liverpool this Sunday by singing about me in their game v Spurs.

“The song goes: ‘Diego, wooah, Diego, wooah; He came from Uruguay, he made the Scousers cry.’

“I’ll be honest; I get goose bumps every time I hear it. I can be in Brazil or Uruguay, Japan or Spain watching a United game on television and hear it.

“It is so flattering. I’m not Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes or another United legend, nor am I the only player to have scored at Anfield, so it feels a privilege to be remembered.”

Forlan endured a difficult time at United but his goals against Liverpool will be remembered by everyone associated with the club.

Sir Alex Ferguson was clearly aware of Forlan’s talent but unfortunately it didn’t quite work out for him in England. Along with Sebastian Veron, his time at United has to go down as a failure. However, Forlan moved to Villarreal after leaving United and went on to become a star of world football.

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