The pair were videoed practicing a new celebration in the changing room ahead of Man United’s dismal 0-0 draw with Hull City on Wednesday night.
Rio Ferdinand, in light of the result, was quick to lambast the pair for their overly zealous behaviour whilst languishing in sixth spot in the Premier League.
And Ince, speaking earlier this week, reflected similar sentiments.
“I’m all for young players having a laugh and a dance, it’s a bit of fun. The issue I have, and where I agree with Rio Ferdinand, is putting it all over social media,” he said.
“I know me and Ryan Giggs used to dance when we scored a goal, and if we’d have put that on social media then, at fifth or sixth in the table after not winning anything, the likes of Bryan Robson, Peter Schmeichel and Mark Hughes would have absolutely slaughtered us.
“That’s not the Manchester United way. You win, then you celebrate.
“If I was at United now and saw that? They’d have got a b********g from me. There’s a time and a place, and that wasn’t the right time.”
There seems to be a widely accepted notion amongst the, um, slightly older generation of pundits and former players that professional footballers cannot have even the slightest iota of fun unless they’re playing well. This is apparently the world they want: a universe of joyless, robot-like footballers, only allowed to use their social media for strictly PR purposes, with their sole purpose in life being to impress on the pitch. That they should do anything else is, for some reason, a really aggravating notion for some people.
And yet, are you really telling me that, firstly, players from twenty years ago didn’t enjoy a laugh in the changing room? And are you also telling me that, if social media was available back in the nineties, players wouldn’t record a video of themselves having fun from time to time?
Ince’s – and indeed Ferdinand’s – remarks project same tone as your dad when he moans about foreign footballers wearing coloured boots, and as somebody from the ‘social media generation’ it seems like the pair, as pundits, ought to find something more relevant to discuss.