Luis Suarez could have ended up at one of Liverpool's main rivals. Here's why he made the right decision.
Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan has revealed he urged Luis Suarez to sign for Manchester United when he got an original offer from Liverpool and he definitely made the right decision.
Forlan is one of the most popular ‘rejects’ with United fans for the brace he scored to beat Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League in an otherwise disappointing Old Trafford career.
There are plenty of reasons why Suarez was right to ignore the advice of his fellow Uruguayan and close friend.
“I like how he feels he can turn to me in good and bad moments. Like when Liverpool made him an offer. Of course, I told him he should join Manchester United,” said Forlan.
Suarez’ decision to choose Liverpool resulted in him being given an opportunity under the managerial reign of Roy Hodgson to become the most important player at the Merseyside club.
Liverpool had good players when he signed in 2010 with Steven Gerard at the very top of his form but the main difference is Suarez had an opportunity to make the Liverpool attack his own.
He wouldn’t have had the same opportunity at Manchester United with someone like Wayne Rooney in the attacking pack and that may well have affected his career to date in England.
Suarez has also been well backed by Liverpool through all sorts of disciplinary incidents such as the Patrice Evra racial abuse row and when he bit Branislav Ivanovic at the back end of last season.
Former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson claimed Liverpool should have sacked the striker over the Evra affair and he could well have been forced out under Fergie for a similar incident.
Had Suarez opted for Manchester United then he wouldn’t have had the opportunity to work with Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers, who have both had very different impacts on his career.
The Scot is one of the most popular figures in Liverpool’s history and would have helped Suarez to understand the culture and the history of the club.
The Northern Irishman has created a side based around Suarez which is now competing for the Premier League title, with the small matter of Champions League football to look forward to next season.
Suarez made the right call despite Forlan’s attempts to convince him otherwise and it’s arguable that had he joined United, he may have won silverware already but he may not enjoy the current status he does as a potential lifelong Anfield icon.