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Diego Forlan: I want to be at Anfield with Manchester United fans in away end

by Richard Laverty

Diego Forlan took to his column in The National this week to reminisce about the time he scored two goals at Anfield to win the game for Manchester United.

Forlan, who has constantly struggled for form at Old Trafford after arriving from Independiente in his native Uruguay but became an instant United hero in December 2002.

Almost a year after joining the club in January, Forlan had taken until September to get his first goal and then went on a run which saw him become an important player at Old Trafford.

Forlan scored two goals in four minutes to give United a 2-1 win against Liverpool, giving him hero status at Old Trafford and a chant which can still be heard from the stands to this present day.

“When I’ve retired from club football I plan to go in that end with the United fans behind the goal,” said Forlan.

“I’ll put a hood up and keep my head down – not everyone in Liverpool would be delighted to see me. But I can’t sing about myself. Someone else needs to score two that day.”

It’s almost certain United supporters would welcome the former Uruguay international into the away end with open arms, despite his struggle for form during his early days at the club, he was a popular player among fans by the time he left for Villarreal.

Forlan confirmed last week he’s retired from international football and is currently seeing out his playing days in Japan.

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