United player quits Twitter 2 hours after joining

Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson’s social networking

experiment proved short-lived when he closed his Twitter account on

Monday just two hours after opening it following a flood of abusive


Gibson, a bit-part player at Old Trafford, followed United

teammates Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen in joining

Twitter, and Ferdinand encouraged his followers to ”show him some


But Gibson was instead greeted by some less-than-welcoming

remarks, many of which appeared to be from United supporters. One

of the posts said ”nothing would make me happier than if we sold

you this summer.”

Two hours after joining, Gibson’s account had been deleted,

although he did not say why.

Sports stars and celebrities are often the target of abusive

comments on Twitter – but not usually from their own fans – and

Gibson’s abrupt departure prompted some Twitter users to start a

campaign to bring him back.

The Ireland international is currently with the United squad in

Germany preparing for the first leg of the Champions League

semifinal against Schalke on Tuesday.

Rooney has had his own issues with the United fans after

threatening to leave the club earlier in the season. The

25-year-old striker joined Twitter on Saturday and by Monday had

amassed more than 180,000 followers.

But he has a long way to go to catch up with Ferdinand, who has

more than 800,000.