Ed’s at it again.
Less than 24 hours after Manchester United confirmed the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has managed to snatch another top player.
Borussia Dortmund have announced this afternoon that their star playmaker, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, is also United-bound.
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) July 2, 2016
Fans across Twitter reacted in suitable style.
— United Related (@UnitedsRelated) July 2, 2016
BVB director saying that Manchester United just made them an offer they couldn't refuse. I quite like this Godfather approach to transfers.
— Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara) July 2, 2016
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has joined Manchester United according to his old club Borussia Dortmund pic.twitter.com/Tav6ekXXko
— Pundit Arena (@PunditArena) July 2, 2016
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly have joined United without CL football. Much love to all our rival fans ??
— Lamisa (@Herrera_Girl) July 2, 2016
Wayne Rooney trying to pronounce Henrikh Mkhitaryan's name… https://t.co/nUcAgvFJgv
— Oddschanger (@Oddschanger) July 2, 2016
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) July 2, 2016
Mkhitaryan – Martial – Rashford
I'm no tactics expert but that looks superb. All those three can interchange too.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) July 2, 2016
First Zlatan, now Mkhitaryan.
He isn't messing about is he… pic.twitter.com/gs7nKjmqee
— 888sport (@888sport) July 2, 2016
Jose signed Ibrahimovic AND Mkhitaryan for £26.3M. While Wenger spent £32M+ for Xhaka. Sit down lad. https://t.co/9d7mReY9nx
— Come Hate Us (@Scholesy_Giggsy) July 2, 2016
Ibra and Mkhitaryan within 24 hours..? You're just spoiling us now lads @ManUtd
— Hayley B (@Hayles_101) July 2, 2016
United are getting Mkhitaryan and Zlatan for less than £30 million.
Or as I like to call it ,
— kenna (@kennagq) July 2, 2016
Many fans however turned to the potential repercussions of Micki’s arrival.
— Baffour Amoako Adu (@IamBaffour26) July 2, 2016
Decent signing Mkhitaryan ? sell Mata now Jose!
— Scott Cragg (@Craggy77) July 2, 2016
Mkhitaryan is a quality signing for United. Hopefully with the signings they are making, Rooney will come home and bring Mata with him.
— Michael Hollis (@mikehollis91) July 2, 2016
Unfortunately I think this signing confirms the end for Juan Mata? pic.twitter.com/se1o29jjq6
— Aidan Walsh (@AidanMUFC_) July 2, 2016
I'm guessing a Martial, Ibrahimovic, Mkhitaryan front 3. Memphis, Lingard and Mata's United careers are over.
— Hassan (@HassanAFC) July 2, 2016
Best thing about signing Mkhitaryan is never having to see Lingard play for us again. QPR/Reading is his level
— Sibs (@SibsMUFC) June 28, 2016
While the jettisoning of Juan Mata or Jesse Lingard, to this writer, seems absurd, the droves on Twitter may be right. Mata in particular has likely played his last game in the famed strip.
He has been a fantastic servant in my eyes. Criminally misused and underappreciated. Marouane Fellaini is still at the club and yet one of the club’s most creative players is being shown the door. Mind-boggling to think the lumbering, pathetic Belgian played ahead of the diminutive Spaniard.
Lingard meanwhile simply must stay at the club. Only a person of worryingly low football intellect would suggest his time is up.