UK time is: 05:16:13
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Obviously, Forlan Wasn't Sold Because Of His Studs

The tabloids hoot that Forlan was booted out of United because he had chosed the wrong footwear at Stamford Bridge in August 2004. His story appears to hint at it.

'Ferguson wanted me to play with long studs, the interchangeable ones that suit wet pitches, but I feel more comfortable in short ones.

'I agreed to change but I didn't and, against Chelsea, I slipped in front of goal and wasted a chance.

'Afterwards, I rushed to the dressing room to change boots but Ferguson caught me. He grabbed the boots and threw them. That was my last game for United.'


We lost that game 1-0 even though we gave a good account of ourselves against Mourinho's newly-assembled winning machine which would go on to win the league with 95 points. And yes, that miss was sickening for every fan because we might have got something out of the game and we would have deserved that, as Mourinho himself admitted.

But it's certainly rubbish that this was the only reason that Forlan was sold. Granted, Fergie must have been pissed at him for not listening to his advice - but the real anger must have come from the fact that the player who did not listen to him was a player who scored only 17 goals in 98 games, a wretched record from a striker.

Besides, the club had already bought Alan Smith and negotiations for Rooney were ongoing when the offer from Villarreal arrived. Why persist with a striker who doesn't listen to advice? Diego was a likeable bloke, we loved him and now he's older, more mature and playing in a league that suits him it's clear that he's also a very good footballer (of what he showed glimpses with fantastic goals against Southampton and Chelsea, for example). He couldn't cut it at Manchester United's level, that's all.

Would his career have panned out differently had he used longer studs and converted that chance at Stamford Bridge? Unlikely, I believe. He would have been sold anyway.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



*Try Vital Mobile FOR FREE for the latest news, scores, fixtures and so much more*

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 15 2009

Time: 2:39PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Doesn't it just p**s you off when the papers have nothing better than to write articles like this? Why not spend more time on better coverage of the first CL group games tonight than about the top5 this and that. I guess thats what you get in a 20p paper!
LifeLongBlue
Report Abuse
15/09/2009 15:23:00

LLb, more than that, it must ***** the editor to write articles like this for United fans and find that the first two comments are from Chelsea fans!
JT_daniel
Report Abuse
15/09/2009 16:11:00

It was his record as u pointed out that was let say not the best for a striker.Anyway I'm still happy that ur doing well for villareal.
Antriksh (abmtd)
Report Abuse
15/09/2009 16:50:00

An amazing Striker, its such a shame its one we had to let go of. Well amazing in Spain in anyway.
One United 92
Report Abuse
15/09/2009 22:26:00

He is a fantastic now, I guess he might have just been late to mature. And how is it that there are more chelsea fans on this article than Man Utd fans?
bluethrough
Report Abuse
16/09/2009 06:15:00

he was sold off because he looked too much like Sally Gunnell and a mate of a mate tells me Fergie fancied her! Sally that is not the lookalike!
merlin
Report Abuse
16/09/2009 19:42:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester United Articles

Begovic Being Lined Up! (Thursday March 26 2015)

AUDIO: Rooney on Lithuania clash ‏ (Thursday March 26 2015)

McNair Makes International Debut (Thursday March 26 2015)

Falcao`s Disillusioned (Wednesday March 25 2015)

Much Ado About Nothing! (Wednesday March 25 2015)

Blackett Is Not Going Out on Loan (Wednesday March 25 2015)

United After Depay (Wednesday March 25 2015)

Arsenal Interest in Smalling (Wednesday March 25 2015)

AUDIO: I Did Not Intentionally Spit (Tuesday March 24 2015)

Di Maria Faces Fight for Place (Tuesday March 24 2015)

Archived Manchester United Articles

List All Vital United Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 29 20 7 2 36 67
2. Man City 30 18 7 5 34 61
3. Arsenal 30 18 6 6 27 60
4. Man Utd 30 17 8 5 25 59
5. Liverpool 30 16 6 8 12 54
6. Southampton 30 16 5 9 21 53
7. Spurs 30 16 5 9 5 53

Breaking League News

Do Tiendalli & Richards' Futures Lie At Swansea?
Swansea : 26/03/2015 20:53:00
Sakho on Non-EU Players
West Ham : 26/03/2015 19:28:01
Appiah With Reading Spell
Crystal Palace : 26/03/2015 19:16:00
Williams amp; Fryers Make Ipswich Move
Crystal Palace : 26/03/2015 19:13:00
Burke Heads To Notts County
Aston Villa : 26/03/2015 19:07:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v Liverpool?
Suggested By:  Red Boy
De Gea 2%
Valencia 2%
Jones 0%
Smalling 0%
Blind 0%
Carrick 0%
Herrera 12%
Mata 68%
Fellaini 7%
Rooney 0%
Young 0%
Di Maria 0%
Falcao 2%
Rojo 7%