Wayne Rooney has urged Manchester United players to take more responsibility over their use of social media and believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must make himself ‘feared’ if he is to be a success at Old Trafford.
The Norwegian took over from Jose Mourinho in December and presided over a record breaking run of form before the rot set in again following the landmark Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain. United ended the season in sixth position after an embarrassing final day defeat against relegated Cardiff at Old Trafford after which Paul Pogba was filmed taking abuse from disgruntled fans in the Stretford End.
The France international was one of the players to have initially benefited from Solskjaer’s return to the club but his form tailed off dramatically during the closing stages of the campagin and is reportedly intent on joining Real Madrid in the summer. Pogba’s use of social media has been regularly criticised in the past, most notably in the immediate aftermath of Mourinho’s sacking. The former Juventus midfielder posted a smiling picture of himself and wrote ‘caption this’ prompting Gary Neville to respond on Twitter: ‘You do one as well!’
‘These players almost always like to find someone to hide behind, whether that is on their social media or on the football pitch and that’s what they are doing,’ said Rooney.
‘When fans speak up on it and say ‘why are you posting that?’ they always have the marketing people to blame – take responsibility. They work for you. I have people who do similar stuff for me and they never do anything without my instructions. The way the game has gone has changed, society has changed. You’ve got social media. You have got players losing a game and posting something on social media about their new clothing range, aftershave, whatever they’re bringing out, which I find remarkable.
‘I think the players need to fear someone. They need to fear Ole Gunnar. They need to fear Michael Carrick. They need to respect them but fear them also.’
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