When a football superstar joins one of the most famous clubs in the world, fireworks are bound to go off.
After weeks of intense speculation and coy responses at press conferences, Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirmed on Thursday that his next destination is English club Manchester United. Newly-appointed manager Jose Mourinho will reunite with the talismanic striker, after their days at Serie A side Inter Milan.
In typical Zlatan fashion, it was the man himself and not the club, who announced that he was moving to Manchester United through an Instagram post on Thursday.
Twitter exploded over the blockbuster move, with about 50,000 retweets on Ibrahimovic’s post in less than 15 minutes of the story breaking.
Here are some of the reactions:
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has announced that his next club will be Manchester United. Will be great fun having him in the @premierleague— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 30, 2016
Successful or not, everyone agreed that Ibrahimovic in the Premier League won’t be boring.
It may all end in tears but I won't let that stop me celebrating. Can't be worse than how badly it went with Falcao, right? ?? #WelcomeIbra— Republik of Mancunia (@R_o_M) June 30, 2016
A few even compared the Swede to former United great Eric Cantona.
Circumstances v. different, but echoes of Cantona in United signing Ibrahimovic. Club at low point and in need of an injection of character.— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) June 30, 2016
That combination of Jose and Ibrahimovic though…
Ibrahimovic and Mourinho are two are serial winners and thrive on being hated. They're just what #mufc need.— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) June 30, 2016
Builders currently extending home dressing room at OT to accommodate the new egos.— Jeremy Cross (@CrossyDailyStar) June 30, 2016
Others couldn’t help but poke fun at United’s Premier League rivals:
United have signed Van Persie, Falcao and Ibrahimovic since Arsenal last signed a striker. #MFUC— Tobiias (@Tobiias) June 30, 2016
Fans were also concerned over how this signing would impact United’s long-standing tradition of promoting youth. While Ibrahimovic is almost guaranteed a start at the top of the line, United have two promising strikers in Anthony Martial and local boy Marcus Rashford.
Congrats to Marcus Rashford on his loan move to Sunderland.— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) June 30, 2016
Zlatan with Rashford could really help his development. Ibra will definitely learn a thing or two.— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) June 30, 2016