With Darren Fletcher ending his long association with Manchester United to join West Bromwich Albion at the transfer deadline, both sets of supporters took to Twitter to react to the deal.
Fletcher, 31, made 342 appearances for United following his March 2003 debut, winning nine major trophies, including five Premier League titles, two League Cups, the FA Cup in 2004 and the Champions League in 2008.
However, the midfielder had seen his first-team opportunities limited this season under new manager Louis van Gaal, with just four starts in 11 Premier League appearances prior to his West Brom switch.
With his contract up in the summer, the Scotland international was granted a free transfer this month to help him find a new club, with West Ham United showing serious interest in his signature, per the BBC.
Speaking to West Brom’s official website, Fletcher said: "This is a fantastic new challenge for me in my career
"I've spent my career at Manchester United and it's all I've ever known. But I felt it was the right time to move and I'm not sentimental about doing that."
Fletcher, who recovered from chronic bowel disease ulcerative colitis to resume his career in December 2013, was the second West Brom signing in the winter window following the £4.75m capture of Wigan Athletic’s Callum McManaman, with his addition making up for the failed moves for Carlton Cole and Martin Olsson.
Having been on the books at Old Trafford since the age of 11, it will be somewhat strange for United fans seeing him turn out in another club’s shirt, but his experience should prove invaluable to the West Midlands outfit in their bid to avoid the drop this season.
Ahead of starting a new chapter in his career, here’s how the move went down on Twitter.
There's only one Darren Fletcher! Thanks for the memories, and Best of luck, Fletch. :') #ThankYouFletch— IndoManUtd Surabaya (@IndoManUtd_SRBY) February 3, 2015
Really pleased with Darren Fletcher signing, maybe the midfield general we've needed for ages #wba— Laurence J.Newsome (@loznewsome) February 3, 2015
Suppose could've been worse if we'd missed out on Fletcher too, he's a cut above anything we've already got. Chuffed #wba got that one done.— Steven Butler (@StevieB_WBA) February 3, 2015
Fletcher is better than what we have. Not sure Cole & Olsson really were #wba— Tom Parkes (@parksy007) February 3, 2015
07-09 Fletcher was a midfield god. I'll never forget that immaculate tackle on Cesc in the CL semi. #ThankYouFletch— Chu Morah (@ChuBoi) February 3, 2015
with his experience of winning titles and success #WBA signing Darren Fletcher on a free looks like one of the best signings of the window.— Mark Bennett (@Agent_mb) February 3, 2015
Very happy with Darren Fletcher. Leadership on the field will be a huge asset #wba— William Tinsley (@Will__Tinsley) February 3, 2015
Welcome to West Bromwich Albion Darren Fletcher Delighted he's on board got to be future Captain......... Night night all #wba— Robert Harding (@RobertHarding71) February 3, 2015
Darren Fletcher is a cracking signing for #WBA. Have always rated him.— Matt Smith (@MattSmithSFC) February 3, 2015
Fletcher is a superb signing for Pulis and #wba. True workhorse with great leadership, mentality and experience. Top signing.— Joe Thomlinson (@joethomlinson) February 3, 2015