Diego Forlan reveals where Manchester United could expose Atletico Madrid
Just like David de Gea, Diego Forlan played for both Manchester United and Atletico Madrid during his career.
The Uruguayan has spoken to Radio MARCA ahead of tomorrow night’s Champions League last-16 first-leg between two of his former clubs.
The clash at the Wanda Metropolitano will see Ralf Rangnick’s Reds come up against Diego Simeone’s Los Rojiblancos.
Both sides have had a poor campaign domestically and while the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool may be the favourites to win the Champions League, Rangnick and Simeone will be hoping to follow in Chelsea’s footsteps following their success last season.
Forlan believes that the reigning La Liga champions cannot afford to make the tie an open affair otherwise they could be in for a “bad time” due to the speed United possess.
Forland said: “Manchester have players who have a lot of change of pace, a lot of speed and who like one-on-one.
“Atletico Madrid are not at their best, so they are going to be careful with those counter-attacks. If you get to give a game in which Manchester finds that space and those long runs, Atletico can have a bad time.
“Atletico are going to have to have the lines together and thus have great chances to win the game.
“It’s a nice chess game for the two coaches.”
One of the biggest subplots from the last-16 re-draw was Cristiano Ronaldo coming up against Atletico Madrid once again.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has broke Atletico hearts multiple times throughout his career.
Forlan admires the 37-year-old’s ‘hunger’ to stay at the top of the game.
Forlan added: “He is hungry for goal, for winning, for continuing to achieve important things and annoyed when things are not going [his way].
“When I was a kid I was the same, with that desire to want to show and have a very good career; which he [Ronaldo] continues to do to this day.
“It’s nice to see that kind of players, with that desire after having won everything and continues with that good desire as when I was young, wanting to win, wanting to compete and wanting to show that he is in good condition.”