United look into Twitter usage

Rio Ferdinand is one of the most prolific users of Twitter among

the United squad and has already attracted nearly a million

followers. Wayne Rooney also has vast numbers, while Michael Owen

and Nani are other members of the United squad that use the site.

Rooney found himself in the headlines for the wrong reasons this

week when he threatened a respondent who had himself been abusive,

although he said later his threat was not meant to be taken

seriously. Team-mate Darron Gibson took himself off Twitter after

barely two hours last month when he received abuse from United

fans. Ferguson confirmed the club were looking at how best to solve

those problems but the 69-year-old simply does not understand why

anyone would want to be involved in the first place. “I don’t

understand it to be honest with you,” he said. “I don’t know why

anybody can be bothered with that kind of stuff. How do you find

the time to do that? There are a million things you can do in your

life without that. “Get yourself down to the library and read a

book. Seriously. “It is a waste of time. “It seems to have a

certain momentum at the moment. Everyone seems to want to do it.”

Ferguson certainly thinks anyone with a high profile needs to act

with a huge degree of caution. “It is responsibility. They are

responsible for their actions,” he said. “We as a club are looking

at it because there can be issues attached to it. And we don’t want

that.” When it was pointed out Twitter can bring players closer to

supporters, Ferguson was equally scathing. “It would be better if

they did it on the pitch.”