Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan has recalled his brace against Liverpool in 2002 ahead of the clash between the two sides this weekend.
Forlan, making his first appearance for Man United at Anfield, scored twice in two minutes as his side recorded a memorable 2-1 victory.
It was one of the highlights of Forlan’s United career and fans still sing about his performance to this day. The Uruguayan insisted the tie is one of the “great games in world football”.
“I scored two goals in my first game there as United beat Liverpool 2-1. People still ask me about that day and I still hear United fans singing about it when I watch the team on television,” Forlan said.
“I also started in the game a year later. I think Alex Ferguson wanted two more goals from me. We did win 2-1 again, but this time with Ryan Giggs scoring two. He felt the rivalry because he was a Manchester boy, but he was quieter about it than Gary Neville.
“I also went back to Anfield with Atletico Madrid and scored the goal which knocked them out of the 2010 Europa League and put us into the final. After the game, the Liverpool fans in the main stand applauded me. That was a big gesture as I’d not only played for United, but I’d just ended their European dream in the semi-final.
“United play at Anfield on Sunday and I’ll watch it again, one of the great games in world football in which I was fortunate to play. They have both had problems this season and it’s rare that both of these clubs are out of the top four when they meet. Neither can really afford to lose. It should make for a great game.”
‘He came from Uruguay, he made the scousers cry!’ Forlan’s brace put him into United folklore and it is rightly talked about as one of the great displays from a United player at Anfield.
More recently, Juan Mata produced a similar performance at Anfield last year, scoring twice, including an acrobatic volley. Anthony Martial, too, marked his debut for United this season with a superb strike against Liverpool at Old Trafford. Supporters will be hoping for another memorable moment this Sunday.