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Wrong boots ended Diego Forlán's Manchester United career

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlán has revealed that he was booted out of Old Trafford five years ago because of the length of his studs.

Forlán said he defied Sir Alex Ferguson over his choice of footwear, opting not to follow advice to wear boots with larger studs and getting caught in the act.

The Uruguayan striker was sold to Villarreal just a week later.

"You can't deceive Alex Ferguson," Forlán, now with Atlético Madrid, told the official Champions League magazine.

"He wanted me to play with high studs, the interchangeable ones that suit wet pitches, but I feel more comfortable in low ones.

"I agreed to change but I didn't and, against Chelsea, I slipped in front of goal and wasted a chance.

"Afterwards, I rushed to the dressing room to change boots. Ferguson caught me. He grabbed the boots and threw them.

"That was my last game for United."

But Forlán insists he has now buried the hatchet with Ferguson.

He added: "I still have a good relationship with Sir Alex and his brother Martin.

"We have conversations and sometimes he asks me about South American players I might know of."

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