Video: Forlan manages goal on Penarol debut

Uruguayan legend went 27 games without scoring for Manchester United but has hit the ground running upon return to homeland.

Diego Forlan may have taken some 27 matches to find the net for Manchester United, but he wasted little time in getting off the mark for his new club Penarol.

Signed from Argentine side Independiente for £6.9 million back in January 2002, the Uruguayan endured a slow start to life at Old Trafford.

Though he would go on to find the net with important goals against the likes of Liverpool in the Premier League and Glasgow Rangers in the Champions League, he eventually left the club for Villarreal.

A move to Spain proved to be the making of Forlan, who scored 59 goals in 128 games for the Yellow Submarine, earning a switch to Atletico Madrid in the process.

While with Atleti he netted 96 goals in 196 games and won the Europa League with Los Rojiblancos in 2010.

A two-time Pichichi winner as top scorer in La Liga during the 2004-05 and 2008-09 campaigns, Forlan has since enjoyed spells in Italy, Brazil and Japan.

Now back in Uruguay with Penarol, many questioned whether the 36-year-old still had it in him to find the net regularly for his new club side.

But any such suggestions have been quashed after Forlan found the net during his debut, scoring as part of a 3-1 win for Penarol over Wanderers.

Having signed an 18-month deal with his boyhood club, it’s nice to see him get off the mark quickly, rather than face the same kind of nightmare once experienced with Manchester United.

Last week, Forlan wrote in his column for The National about the need for United to recruit another striker:

“Wayne Rooney is good enough to play in almost any team in the world … but my old club need more than one natural goalscorer if they want to win a trophy."

Penarol, at least, can rest easy though: they’ve got Forlan.

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