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Forlan: “I am ready” for United return


By Guest Writer Ryan Kane.

Diego Forlan has been widely linked with a sensational return to Manchester United following an impressive World Cup campaign with Uruguay. The 31-year old striker has been in fine form of late, scoring the winner for Athletico Madrid in this years Europa League final as the Spanish side saw off Fulham 2-1. Forlan, who couldn’t hit a barn door during his time at United has scored 4 goals in 5 games thus far for Uruguay in this summer’s World Cup. The two-time European Golden boot winner has been praised by United coach Rene Meulensteen, the Dutchman stating that he would “happily” see Forlan back at Old Trafford in his “current form”.

The Uruguayan scored just 10 goals during his two year stint at United, but with the striker in his notable recent form many fans would love to see him once again don the red jersey and take to the field at “The Theatre of Dreams”. Coach Meulensteen believed Forlan was “at the wrong place at the wrong time” during his spell with the Red Devil’s but believes that the striker has now “developed fantastically” into a “complete athlete”.

Forlan is expected to be valued in the region of €25 million by Athletico Madrid, although the Spanish club may now rise their asking price following the strikers impressive World Cup performances. Meulensteen apparently sent Forlan a text message following his remarkable Europa League final show in which he scored two goals, reading: “Top class, if its up to me you will return with us”. The Uruguayan then reportedly replied “I am ready for it”, sparking speculation the forward will now return to United to fulfil the role of Dimitar Berbatov, who seemingly is on his way out of the club following two dismal seasons at Old Trafford.

Forlan’s Uruguay will play Holland in the World Cup semi-finals on Monday as the South Americans dream of an illustrious place in the final. The Uruguayan number ten scored the equalizer in his sides 1-1 draw with Ghana earlier this week, which they later went on to win 4-2 on penalties.



  1. Mico

    July 4, 2010 at 11:48 am

    This fallacy that Diego ‘couldn’t hit a barn door at Manchester United’ is absolutely ridiculous. Gone are the qualifying quotes that he was of course only getting 10 minute cameo rolls for the biggest part of his United career. Van Nistelrooy was keeping him on the bench, but Diego was class right from the start. I used to write on the United forums about his fantastic movement and balance. He got chances towards the end of his time at United and started banging crucial goals in. He destroyed Liverpool at Anfield, great and crucial goals against Chelsea, Villa and Southampton. 17 goals in all for United, in 95 games where very few were full games – he gained United crucial points in games that were slipping away from us and only made way for the arrival of Wayne Rooney. I was devastated when he was sold and have always defended this class player. With hindsight, Nistelrooys sudden fall from grace would have opened the path for a very successful career at OT. He would be welcome back as player or coach any time.

  2. timbo

    July 4, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Forlan was an excellent player who suffered for the squad system, not being able to break past established players like Van Nistelroy and Rooney. I too have a problem with the constant carping of his goals to game ratio when people happily omit how many of those games came as late substitutions. The lack of play also affected his confidence and form, a not too uncommon situation at Old Trafford with it’s traditionally huge squad.

    Had they persevered with Forlan United would have had a wonderful player to partner Rooney. Instead it would now cost them an arm and a leg to bring him back, and at 31 he unfortunately isn’t worth it. Forlan will simply have to go in the books as yet another ‘what might have been’ player who’s passed through Old Trafford.

  3. Goo

    July 9, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Err… Rooney was signed in the same transfer window after the sale of forlan… some of forlans money was used to probably pay everton for rooney. as good as forlan is, rooney is better and at that poin fergie didnt know he would fall out with Ruud.

  4. Strobes

    October 21, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Now it would be great if Forlan can come back in January 2011 and sign for United in the same month when Rooney signs for another club…

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