Joint 48th (Two Players) Twenty Two Points each 48. Diego Forlan (NA) Premier League Appearances - 23 (40) Overall Appearances - 37 (61) Premier League Goals - 10 Overall Goals - 17 Position - Striker Diego Forlan turned down the chance to sign for Middlesbrough in January 2002, instead choosing to respond positively to late interest from Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The striker had been performing well for Argentinian side Independiente. £7 million pounds was paid to secure the Uruguayan's services and United fans were hopeful that Ferguson had found another gem. The season ended with Forlan making eighteen appearances in all competitions. Playing as a striker in those games it was safe to say that Forlan's return of zero goals was not exactly what United had been hoping for. Nicknamed 'Diego Forlorn' for his poor goal return, Forlan would manage an agonising twenty seven games in all competitions before he finally broke his duck in a Champions League game against Maccabi Haifa after arriving on the pitch as a late substitute. In the 89th minute he was allowed to take a penalty that would open his account at Old Trafford. So why it is that a striker signed to score goals going through a massive barren run is still sung about by the Old Trafford faithful all these years later? The answer is slightly more complex than it first appears. For all intents and purposes, Forlan flopped at Old Trafford. Gary Neville listed him alongside Bellion and Kleberson in what he termed the 'Djemba Djemba era' at Old Trafford. Signings that didn't quite make the grade. However, his cult like status is explained in Roy Keane's words, “If a player tried – and Diego did – we’d drag him with us; we’d try and help him,” football fans love a trier and Forlan never gave up. He was single minded in his attempts to turn around his form at the club and his form improved massively after he opened his account. Roughly two months after scoring in the CL, Forlan would score his first Premier League goal with a 77th minute equaliser against Aston Villa. In United's next game he would bag a late winner against Southampton. One month after that Forlan scored a brace in an away win over Premier League title challengers Liverpool. Forlan ripped his shirt off during his celebration and a cult hero was born. 'Diego' chanted the United fans, 'He came from Uruguay, he made the Scousers cry'. Forlan's important goals didn't stop there, a few months later he would score a 90th minute winner against Chelsea, a goal that would help United secure the Premier League trophy in Forlan's second season at the club. Overall Forlan scored 17 goals in 98 appearances for United. His goalscoring return was poor, but his knack for getting important goals and his never-say-die attitude ingratiated himself with the Old Trafford faithful. Not United's most clinical forwards, but certainly one of the most memorable.