Forlan aims for regular spot
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Forlan has started the Premiership champions' last two fixtures and has vindicated manager Sir Alex Ferguson's faith with a goal in each game.
Though the Uruguayan forward has not shed his penchant for missing several chances before finally hitting the target, his confidence has remained undiminished as he seeks to finally establish himself as a Red Devils regular.
The 24-year-old led the line on Tuesday evening in the Carling Cup tie against Leeds United and netted the second goal in the thrilling 3-2 extra time success at Elland Road.
With Paul Scholes and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer currently injured, there is a chance for Forlan to stake a claim for a more permanent spot in the starting line-up.
He is delighted to have got two consecutive games under his belt and hopes Ferguson will reward him with a place in the team against Portsmouth on Saturday.
"Playing last weekend and today has made a difference and scoring the goals has given me confidence," opined Forlan.
"Every player needs a run of games. Training every day is not the same, it affects your timing and everything, and every game you play is a big difference to being on the bench.
"I have now played two full games and feel better again. It is not frustrating to be on the bench because I am in a big team with great players.
"But of course you want to play because that is what you train for. Now I want to carry on the same way.
"Of course I will be disappointed if I am back on the bench next Saturday but I always think the worst so I won't get too disappointed."
United boss Ferguson praised Forlan's contribution against Leeds and believes the much-maligned attacker merited his goal.
Ferguson said: "Diego has got that tenacity about him and he moves all the time. He had three or four good shots so I think he got his rewards."