Ian Black turned out for Shrewsbury Town against Manchester United tonight, and it looks like the former Rangers midfielder continues to divide fans – to put it kindly.
Black joined the English League One club last summer after being released by the Ibrox club, and he’s became a mainstay in Micky Mellon’s side.
He anchored the midfield during Monday night’s FA Cup last-16 tie, and was pitted against the likes of Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and Morgan Schneiderlin in the middle of the park.
Any hopes of an upset were quickly extinguished, with United leading 2-0 at half-time and enjoying 79% possession at half-time against the side 60 places below them in the English football pyramid. Jesse Lingard added a third on the hour mark to leave the score 3-0 at the time this article was published.
Black’s uncompromising style never really won over the hearts or minds of supporters in Scotland, and his shadow-chasing performance against Louis van Gaal’s men prompted a wave of criticism online.
He really does provoke a strong reaction, doesn’t he?
— Jeff Gray (@JE08GRY) February 22, 2016
Ian Black turning out for Shrewsbury against Man United, in a contest being billed as 'Gambles v Shambles'
— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) February 22, 2016
Is that Ian Black playing for Shrewsbury has he a bet on Shrewsbury getting beaten?
— Turtle (@bhoyszone) February 22, 2016
Ian Black is playing for Shrewsbury. Probably the only time I'd want Man U to win! #puddledrinker
— Dave Graham (@TheRealDaveG) February 22, 2016
Oh there's Ian Black! Bossed a cup final once you know #Shrewsbury
— Greg (@Gregser76) February 22, 2016
Man united managing to keep Shrewsbury at bay so far. Impressive considering Ian Black is running the show in midfield #midfieldmiestro
— Andrew Harvie (@HarvieAndrew) February 22, 2016
Ian Black playing for Shrewsbury. Man Utd have a real chance here!
— Mark Taylor (@markstaylor1980) February 22, 2016
Shrewsbury give back to the community. Some teach French but Ian Black puts in reducers on 5 year olds to teach them that life is unfair.
— Scottish Comedy FC (@ScotComFC) February 22, 2016
Watching Ian Black for Shrewsbury, got a sweepstake on when he gets a yellow.
— Mr Thornton (@SalopianRanger) February 22, 2016
Do you think LVG would have been studying Shrewsbury in great detail and saying the words "now this is the man to watch, Ian Black" ????
— Darren Wilson (@dazzaragi) February 22, 2016
Was thinking it would be nice to see Shrewsbury cause an upset tonight until I noticed that Ian Black is playing for them.
— Jamie McDougall (@Jamie_McDougall) February 22, 2016
see Ian Black finally climbed oot Scott Brown's pocket to turn oot for shrewsbury tonight!
— Colin Hester (@colinhester_) February 22, 2016
Was all for a Shrewsbury win until I spotted Ian Black in midfield #stillhorrible
— Chris McLaughlan (@CTMcLaughlan) February 22, 2016
Was set for a Shrewsbury win tonight till I seen that rat Ian Black starting for them. I now take that back? pic.twitter.com/RBWNna7c8Y
— Louise (@louisemalcolmx) February 22, 2016
Wonder who Ian Black's money is on tonight on Shrewsbury v Man Utd?
— Mr Fixit (@mrfixitstips) February 22, 2016