After Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced that he will be joining Manchester United there was a strange name trending on Twitter.
That man was Radamel Falcao.
Why? We hear you ask.
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Cast your minds back to September 2014 and United agreed to sign Falcao on loan for £6 million with an option to sign him permanently for $43.5 million at the end of the season.
The striker arrived as a 28-year-old and many believed that he was past his best when he signed at Old Trafford. His campaign at the Theatre of Dreams was a disappointment, to say the least. The Colombian managed just four goals in 29 appearances in competitions and was the definition of a flop.
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And that’s why Falcao is trending. Many fans of rivals teams think - or rather hope - that Ibrahimovic is just Falcao 2.0.
When Ibrahimovic announced he will be signing for United on Instagram, supporters of the Red Devils were understandably delighted. However, rival fans attempted to bring their excitement levels down a peg or two by reminding them of Falcao’s terrible spell at the club.
Ibrahimovic compared to Falcao
Many of the tweets were from Liverpool fans as they poked fun at their rivals. Check out some of the best reaction below:
As funny as the tweets are, we must remember that Ibrahimovic is arriving at United in very different circumstances to Falcao.
The Swede scored an incredible 52 goals in all competitions for Paris Saint-Germain last season and, despite coming to the end of his career, is still a world-class forward.
However, despite Zlatan confirming the move himself, there has been no official word from the club over the deal. And, according to both Sky Sports and Simon Stone from the BBC, he is still yet to agree personal terms or have a medical at the club.
Having said that, there is no reason to doubt that the deal isn't set to go ahead. It’s believed that it’s just a matter of time before he agrees a 12-month contract worth a massive £250,000-per-week and it’s also been suggested that the club will have the option to extend it for another year.
In terms of the medical, Ibrahimovic has reiterated how he’s always in perfect condition and came through Euro 2016 without picking up an injury - despite the Swedes crashing out in the group stage.
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