Manchester United cult figure Diego Forlan has massive praise for Manchester City boss

Diego Forlan

Diego Forlan was excellent under Manuel Pellegrini at La Liga club Villarreal.

Diego Forlan will always hold a strange position at Manchester United - as something of a flop who also became a cult hero at Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson spent £6.9 million to get his man from Independiente but he took a while to settle in.

He didn’t score his first goal for the club until his second season - going 27 games before bagging the goal that broke his duck.

But despite this he made a habit of scoring important goals against the likes of Southampton, Liverpool and Chelsea. This habit, allied with his larger than life personality, made him something of a cult flop at Old Trafford.

But now he has been singing the praises of Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

Forlan worked under the Chilean at Villarreal and in his article for The National today, he had this to say about the City boss: "Pellegrini is a great manager and a great person...

"He’s also a manager I loved playing for, one who got the best out of me after he signed me at Villarreal.

"I became more and more confident throughout my first season under him. Pellegrini played me every week, the best thing a player can hope for, but he did far more than lift my confidence after a tough time at Manchester United.

"He was calm, even when I wasn’t."

Forlan became the European Golden Boot winner under Pellegrini at the Yellow Submarines, so they clearly had an excellent working relationship.

But the pressure is cranking up on Pellegrini at the moment for Manchester City. After defeats to Barcelona and Liverpool, City's season is starting to fall apart.

But it would seem this former Manchester United man believes City should stand by their man. Although, if they don't, he has no worries about Pellegrini's future career options:

"If he left Manchester City, he’d easily get another top job."

Time will tell what happens to Pellegrini at Manchester City.

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