Jack Butland forced to delete old Man Utd tweet seen by fans when move is confirmed
Football fans have mocked Jack Butland for a now-deleted tweet before his move to Manchester United.
The 29-year-old Crystal Palace goalkeeper has joined the Red Devils on loan until the end of the season as their second choice behind David de Gea. United were forced to scout the market for a new substitute goalkeeper when Newcastle United recalled Martin Dubravka, at the player’s request, after he made just two appearances in all competitions.
Butland, who underwent medical procedures on Thursday (January 4), was introduced as a Man Utd player this morning, but not before an unfortunate tweet from 2017 resurfaced.
Posting while still on the books at Stoke, the nine-cap England international was grilled online by a fan who asked if he would ever consider a move to Man Utd as a potential number two. To which Butland simply replied, “he would never go number 2!”
The now-deleted tweet has been ridiculed by followers online following Butland’s subsequent move to Old Trafford. “Blud was caught red-handed,” said one follower. “The Internet never forgets,” he quipped for a second.
“Life comes to you quick, or slow, yet it comes,” kidded a third. While a fourth added insult to injury by suggesting that Sergio Romero will be above Butland in the pecking order.
They posted: “Number 3 considering Romero was here at the time.” Although the comments were not all to irritate Butland. Although one fan argued: “Why is it funny? That was his viewpoint in 2017, when he was the number 1 goalkeeper of the PL group.
Welcome to the club Jack.” Another added: “Tbf it’s only 6 months and he can play for United, that’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
“Great club. Great opportunity. Can’t wait to start @ManUtd #mufc,” Butland tweeted following confirmation of his loan move to Old Trafford. His agreement at Gem Castle lapses in the mid year.