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Ex-Man United forward Diego Forlan lands first managerial role with Penarol

Diego Forlan played for Penarol between 2015 and 2016, winning the Uruguayan Primera Division title.
Diego Forlan played for Club Atletico Penarol between 2015 and 2016, winning a Primera Division title.

Former Manchester United forward Diego Forlan has been named manager of Uruguayan side Club Atletico Penarol, marking his first coaching role.

Forlan, 40, represented United between 2002 and 2004, while his playing career also included spells at Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and Villarreal. The former Uruguay international played for Penarol between 2015 and 2016, winning a Primera Division title with the club.

"It gives me great happiness," Forlan said after his appointment.

"A huge honour to have been chosen to lead this institutional project at such an important club I care so much about."

With United, Forlan won a Premier League title, FA Cup and Community Shield. He won the Europa League while at Atletico, and received the Golden Ball at the 2010 World Cup as he captained Uruguay to a fourth-place finish.

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