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Next destination, Man Utd: Twitter explodes as Ibrahimovic announces move

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.

football Updated: Jul 01, 2016 12:09 IST
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic said he is joining Manchester United, ending intense speculation about where the 34-year-old Swedish superstar will be playing next season. (AFP File Photo)

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.

Time to let the world know. My next destination is @manchesterunited #iamcoming

A photo posted by IAmZlatan (@iamzlatanibrahimovic) on

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:

Successful or not, everyone agreed that Ibrahimovic in the Premier League won’t be boring.

A few even compared the Swede to former United great Eric Cantona.

That combination of Jose and Ibrahimovic though…

Others couldn’t help but poke fun at United’s Premier League rivals:

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.