The internet was typically quick to respond to the news that Howard Webb will be retiring as a Premier League referee prior to the start of the new season
Webb is putting down the referee's whistle in order to take up a position as technical director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) after 25 years spent directing operations on the pitch.
However, any respectful retrospectives on his career were quickly drowned out by a sea of internet memes, many of which poked fun at the favouritism the part-time policeman has often been accused of holding towards Manchester United.
The hashtag #HowardWebb quickly began trending at the top of Twitter - but as you can see below, the plaudits were rarely laudatory.
Another high profile departure from Old Trafford announced as Howard Webb retires from refereeing.Paddy Power (@paddypower) August 6, 2014
Manchester United legend Howard Webb has retired as a match referee . pic.twitter.com/C9nwrDFOUpTroll Football (@Troll__Football) August 6, 2014
Louis Van Gaal has decided not to renew the contract of Howard Webb, who has now retired after 11 years at the club. #MUFCCoral (@Coral) August 6, 2014
So Howard Webb announces retirement so that he can spend more time with the family... pic.twitter.com/LIvbAjNxlCLADexperience (@LADexperience) August 6, 2014
BREAKING: Manchester United honour club legend Howard Webb after his retirement from football. pic.twitter.com/aq0T8b54rCFootball Funnys (@FootballFunnys) August 6, 2014
Louis van Gaal begins summer clear out as he decides not to renew Howard Webb's contract at Manchester United pic.twitter.com/IqaXYCmUjxAnfieldheaven (@Anfieldheaven) August 6, 2014