Manchester United’s video for the announcement of Alexis Sanchez won widespread acclaim for its execution, and one Scottish Premiership club were so impressed that they jokingly reinvented it for their own use.
Sanchez’s switch from Arsenal to Old Trafford is one of the most significant moves of the January transfer window to date and was given the acclaim it deserved as the Red Devils put together a classy sequence for the Chile international’s arrival.
To the strains of ‘Glory, Glory, Man United’ played on a solo piano, the former Barcelona attacker is seen in the middle of an empty Theatre of Dreams considering the exploits that he will achieve there.
Needless to say, Motherwell’s cut is not quite so lavishly put together.
Whereas Alexis is greeted at Old Trafford on a grand piano, the Well’s new signing, Peter Hartley, formerly of Plymouth and Hartlepool among a number of other English sides, is seen playing club anthem ‘When I Was Young’ on a toy equivalent.
And, when Hartley, who had been at Motherwell on loan for the first half of the season from Blackpool, steps out onto the Fir Park turf to see his dreams play out, of course it’s hammering down with rain.
At the end of the video, where Alexis is seen to be finishing off his virtuoso performance on the piano, the Motherwell player simply picks it up and smashes it.
They even cheekily asked in the tweet: "Are we doing this right, Man Utd?"
United, though, seemed to approve, sending back a reply with Alexis winking knowingly.