ON THIS DAY: Manchester United pipped Middlesbrough to the £6.9m signing of striker Diego Forlán from Independiente.
On arriving in England, the Uruguayan negotiated with United officials for four hours, then informed the press of his decision. “Manchester United is a big club, so I’ve decided to go there,” he explained. “The thing is, they offered more money than Middlesbrough.”
(22nd January, 2002)