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Former Man United Star Reveals Ed Woodward's Furious Reaction After He 'Ruined' Huge Signing Announcement

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Former Man United Star Reveals Ed Woodward's Furious Reaction After He 'Ruined' Huge Signing Announcement

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed that Ed Woodward told him he “ruined” a staggering £5m PR plan that Manchester United had in place for his announcement thanks to his post on social media.

The 40-year-old Swedish striker left Paris Saint-Germain in 2016 and completed a sensational free transfer to United.

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Ibrahimovic reunited with former Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford and won the Europa League and League Cup during his time at United.

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However, the AC Milan superstar announced to the world first on social media that he planned to sign for United after his four-year spell with PSG.

“Time to let the world know. My next destination is [Man United],” he tweeted in 2016.

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet has received extracts from Ibrahimovic’s book ‘Adrenaline: My Untold Stories,’ with the former United striker opening up about the costly mistake of making his premature announcement.

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Ibrahimovic has claimed all “hell broke loose” after his social media post and super-agent Mino Raiola wanted to “kill” him.

“In fact, I’m going to go on Instagram and write, ‘My next club will be Manchester United,’” he wrote.

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“I was so tired of the negotiations that I didn’t think Manchester [United] was listed on the stock exchange.

“You may not make similar announcements if the matter is not clear. All hell broke loose. Mino wanted to kill me.”

Ibrahimovic added: “It’s just my fault, Mino Raiola had nothing to do with it. I lost my patience, that’s all. It felt like I was standing in quicksand trying to do something to take me forward, without thinking about the consequences.

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“If the deal goes down now, then that’s it, we’ll let it go. I’m the one who did the wrong thing. I apologise once again.”

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Woodward, who will step down as United’s executive vice-chairman at the end of 2021, was not happy with Ibrahimovic’s actions.

Ibrahimovic has claimed that United had “planned a surprise campaign” and were ready to use Hollywood-esque special effects for a presentation.

When asked about Woodward’s reaction, he said: “You’ve ruined a £5m PR plan.

“They had planned a surprise campaign and a presentation with special effects a la Hollywood. And I ruined everything with an update on social media.”

Ibrahimovic, who left United in 2018, went on to play for LA Galaxy before returning to Milan for a second spell in 2020.

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Topics: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ed Woodward, Football, Manchester United, Premier League, England

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