Ashley Young has followed in the footsteps of Manchester United by officially opening an account and joining Twitter.
Within only a few hours of signing up yesterday, Young racked up over 50,000 followers but by coming on to Twitter, he has put himself right in the firing line for a torrent of abuse from some United fans.
Rio Ferdinand is a Twitter stalwart and made sure Young knew what he was letting himself in for by entering the social media universe.
@rioferdy5 thanks bro. Don't you worry, I'm thick skinned so won't be going anywhere any time soon!
— Ashley Young (@youngy18) September 12, 2013
Almost immediately there were fans who, instead of welcoming Young to Twitter, were lambasting his whole United career and labelled him as a waste of space. The only thing that is a waste of space is the abuse itself.
Young is a United player. Calling him shit on Twitter isn’t going to change that. The only thing it can possibly do is negatively effect a player who will play for United this season – what good is ever going to come out of that?
Darron Gibson reportedly quit Twitter just a few hours after signing up and although Young won’t do the same given that he knew what he was signing up for, abuse can effect a player on and off the pitch.
United fans should stand behind anyone who wears the shirt. Rooney, Young, Kagawa – anyone. So long as they are a United player, they need the support of fans. Nobody should be looking at driving any player out of the club.