‘Diego woooah, Diego woooah, he came from Uruguay, he made the scousers cry.’
17 goals in 97 appearances isn’t exactly an impressive record for a striker but Diego Forlan was a lovable character even if Manchester United fans had to wait eight months for his first goal – a penalty against Macabi Haifa in the Champions League.
Regardless of all that, Forlan was a hard worker and will always be remembered by every United fan as the man that turned went from zero to hero on 1 December 2002.
United were playing away at Anfield when Jerzy Dudek made a fool out of himself by letting the ball slip under his legs after a back header from Carragher to let the blonde haired Uruguayan capitalise on the error and score as Anfield watched in horror.
Two minutes later, Ryan Giggs put Forlan through with a beautiful through pass and the Uruguayan scored again with a powerful near post finish past the helpless Dudek.
That win help cut Arsenal’s lead to just six points and United went on to be crowned Premier League champions on 3 May 2003 after beating Charlton Athletic 4-1 at home.
It goes without saying that no matter how little impact any player in a United shirt has, scoring against your rivals will earn you a mention in the history books.