Liverpool fans reacted in a hilarious way when Man United signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2016

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Back in the summer of 2016, Manchester United pulled off a pretty amazing coup when they signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.

The Swedish striker went on to be an instant hit at Old Trafford, scoring 28 goals in all competitions, including a match-winning brace in their League Cup victory over Southampton at Wembley.

He was a dream signing for Jose Mourinho, a street-wise striker who could bring others into play and instinctively knew where the back of the net was.

Sadly, his debut season in England was cut short when he picked up a serious knee injury versus Anderlecht in the Europa League.

Nevertheless, his miraculous recovery led United to offer him a brand new one-year contract and he is now expected to return around November time.

Alongside Romelu Lukaku, the Red Devils will bolster the most devastating strikers in the Premier League, perhaps only matched by Manchester City's pairing of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.

However, the general consensus of Zlatan succeeding in England was not present when United first announced the deal back in July 2016.

In fact, some rival fans were adamant he would flop and even said he would be the next Radamel Falcao.


Hindsight is a wonderful thing and applying it now makes for some enjoyable reading.


Just brilliant. The only solace for Liverpool fans is that in the same summer, they completed the £34m signing of Sadio Mane from Southamtpon.

The Senegalese winger has been very successful so far at Anfield and only appears to be getting better.


Mourinho was perhaps the person most delighted with Zlatan's return this season as it gives him essential squad depth to compete on multiple fronts.

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"I'm really happy he's with us because it shows me the dimension of the player and the dimension of the club," he said about his return, per United's official website.

"The dimension of the player because it would be very easy for him to say goodbye, to say it's enough, one European competition, success at Manchester United, big injury, goodbye. He doesn't do that.

"He wants to follow his other dreams and he wants to play football at the highest level, so it shows the dimension of character and personality of the player.

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"And it shows the dimension of the club – a club like Manchester United, in my opinion, has to show how big it is in details and this is a big, big detail. A player that gets injured in a Manchester United shirt, fighting for Manchester United, the club has to be there for him and I'm really happy with both club and player."

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