Mourinho will have to make do with Europa League football.

Europa League inadvertently troll Manchester United and Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Manchester United fans are loving life right about now.

A couple of months ago, they were enduring Louis van Gaal’s reign as manager, which saw them finish fifth in the league and fail to qualify for the Champions League.

Since then though, Jose Mourinho has been appointed while they have also completed the signings of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.


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And on Thursday, things got even better for the club. Not only did they see Ibrahimovic training with the squad for the first time, but reports suggested they are within inches of completing a sensational swoop for Juventus’ Paul Pogba in a transfer that would smash the world record fee.

It’s no surprise then to see fans of the Red Devils pretty excited about the new season on social media.

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They just needed do be brought back down to earth, didn’t they?

Well, step forward the Europa League’s official Twitter account.

After United tweeted “#ZlatanTime,” with four images of the Swede taking part in his first training session for the club, the admin running the Europa League page thought they would get involved.

They replied “Coming soon to the #UEL…”

Well played.

Everyone, other than United fans presumably, was absolutely loving the work of the Europa League account and replied to show their appreciation.

Of course, after Van Gaal could only lead United to a fifth-placed finish last season, Zlatan and his teammates will have to make do with the Europa League, rather than the Champions League.

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And there’s one man that really isn’t too happy with playing on Thursday nights. That man is Mourinho.

"You need to rotate players,” the Special One told The Sun.

“The Premier League doesn’t make any favours for you. You play Thursday and then I don’t think they are going to play us Monday, they are going to play us Sunday and probably at 12 o’clock.

“It is the worst. For the Premier League it is the worst.

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“It is much easier to be a Champions League team. Obviously it is much easier to be what Liverpool were two years ago, no Champions League and what Chelsea are next season with no Champions League.

“One complete week to work every week, that is a dream. That is a dream for a manager who wants to improve his team.

“So we are in the worst possible situation.”

However, with the additions of Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic and Pogba, don’t be surprised to see United’s relationship with Europe’s lesser competition a short one.


After spending the best part of £150m this summer, everyone at the club will be expecting a title challenge and nothing less.

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