Diego Forlan plots return to playing three years after Man Utd icon hung up boots

Diego Forlan is coming out of retirement at the age of 42 – three years after hanging his boots up.

The Manchester United icon is set to return to the fray in his native Uruguay in sensational fashion.

The striker has enjoyed a fantastic career, including a stint at Old Trafford where he became a cult hero during his two years at the club.

While he only scored 10 Premier League goals from 2002 to 2004, Forlan would enjoy La Liga much more where he became a huge star.

Four years each at Villarreal and Atletico Madrid saw him become one of the top finishers in the game.

Manchester United's Diego Forlan celebrates after equalising against Fulham to make it 1 all during their Barclaycard Premiereship clash at Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain, 25 October 2003.
Diego Forlan scored some memorable goals during his time with Manchester United

He retired in 2019 – a year after leaving his last club Hong Kong side Kitchee – where he scored five times in eight games.

But the United icon’s love for the game has clearly not died down and he looks set to return imminently.

The veteran will join the Old Boys & Old Girls Club for over 40s in the La Liga Universitaria de Deportes de Uruguay (Uruguayan Universities League).

The announcement was made on social media with Forlan saying: “The idea is to have fun and share with friends. I haven’t played football since my farewell match.”

0 Diego Forlan Manchester United 26th October 2002
Diego Forlan is set to return to the pitch

The Uruguay legend’s career has taken him across the globe and after leaving Atletico Madrid in 2011, he played for the likes of Inter Milan, International, Cerezo Osaka and Mumbai City.

In 2019, Forlan took to the managerial dugout for the first time after joining Penarol as head coach – another club he had played for.

However, it did not go to plan and he was sacked after winning just four of his 11 matches in charge.

In March 2021, he was appointed as manager of Atenas but would not last long again after being dismissed just six months later following a 2-1 loss to Rampla Juniors.

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