Man United have had their fair share of legends in recent years. Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville etc.
But whilst they all starting hanging up their boots and taking up jobs within the media, one legend remained prominent in United’s offering. Until now, that is.
Howard Webb has played a huge part in the Red Devil’s success in recent seasons, particularly when Sir Alex Ferguson was still the Old Trafford boss. His performances for the former Premier League champions wained a little last season, which perhaps convinced new boss Louis Van Gaal to suggest to Webb that he should probably call it a day.
It’s a sad moment in Manchester United’s history as they enter a new era following the David Moyes disaster last term. Here’s how the fans have reacted on Twitter…
— FootballFanCast.com (@FootballFanCast) August 6, 2014
Christ this is a blow… first Giggs, Vidic, Evra and Ferdinand ~ now Howard Webb!
— Darren (@thedevilstweets) August 6, 2014
Howard Webb has retired from refereeing in the Premier League. No word yet on when Old Trafford will be free to host his testimonial.
— Trolled Futbol (@TrolledFutbol) August 6, 2014
Fergie retires, the club appoint David Moyes as manager, the club finish seventh & now Howard Webb retires?! Terrible times for Man United
— Arsenal News (@_arsenal__news) August 6, 2014
The New York Stock Exchange is reporting a large drop in Man United's share price following Howard Webb's retirement this morning….
— Jonesey 1878 (@JoneseyT24) August 6, 2014
howard webb retires man united currently on the phone to mark clattenburg to negotiate his signing on fee
— Lee wale (@lee_wale) August 6, 2014
Manchester United fans react to the news that Howard Webb has retired from refereeing pic.twitter.com/MkEcdQd2vv
— FansAllStar Football (@FASfootball) August 6, 2014
BREAKING: Howard Webb has retired from refereeing. Wanting to be with those who he loves most being the reason for it pic.twitter.com/P9TZsMWYTH
— YourMCFC™ (@YourMCFC) August 6, 2014
Liverpool sign a full back and Howard Webb retires within the space of 5 minutes. Today was a good day. pic.twitter.com/clDEGVQN6H
— Kop 305 (@Kop305) August 6, 2014
10 – Louis Van Gaal has announced his disappointment at Howard Webb retiring 10 days before the season starts. Departed.
— OptaJoke (@OptaJoke) August 6, 2014
BREAKING: Manchester United honour club legend Howard Webb after his retirement from football. pic.twitter.com/6f1ROsxkHn
— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) August 6, 2014