Manchester United confirmed yesterday that veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has left the club with immediate effect, as he has his sights set on a move to MLS.
The Swedish frontman enjoyed a fruitful debut season in England football, before it was cut short by a knee injury sustained in the Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht.
Not many observers expected Ibrahimovic to recover from that type of injury at his age but he came back to the extent that Jose Mourinho was willing to offer him a new deal for the 2017/18 season.
The move looked like a risk at the time and so it has proved. Zlatan has not been able to get himself fit for any length of time and the presence of Romelu Lukaku up front closed up many of the opportunities he had last season.
Despite that, Ibrahimovic – valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt – remains popular among United fans as the replies to his farewell tweet show. We’ve taken a closer look at the best of the reaction…
U won't be missed
— Coco (@OnTheTurnV2) March 22, 2018
Even though he cost us like 250k a week without playing???
— Kent Edwards (@KentEdwards5) March 22, 2018
I doubt he'll be half as good as Giovinco or even David Villa
— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) March 22, 2018
Thank you mate for coming and showing my kids what a real footballer looks like. Gonna miss you, all the best in the future #foreverred
— Scott Guest (@ScottGuest79) March 22, 2018
Hardly a legend
— Jordan (@Spooner_Jordan) March 22, 2018
We'll sing your name in the years to come. I would proudly say Zlatan played for us!
— Kiran Ragh (@krwarrier) March 22, 2018
— SAURABH CHIKATE (@007CHIKATE) March 22, 2018
— Jake (@jake_legrand) March 22, 2018
Devastated to see @Ibra_official leave us but the time he spent with was amazing. God has left but not forgotten
— Neil Hoefig (@HoefigN) March 22, 2018
Some would say The Premier League conquered the Lion.
— noor (@nuu0023) March 22, 2018