Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has questioned the mentality of players who court controversy via social media, but says it’s a “lesser evil” than reporting for pre-season after being “bladdered” for four weeks.
His comments come in the wake of Jesse Lingard’s recent misdemeanour on Instagram, which drew criticism from supporters after the 26-year-old posted a foul-mouthed video from his holiday apartment in Miami.
Neville has now waded into the debate surrounding players’ use of such social platforms, and questioned Lingard’s decision to upload such content.
“Why would you do something that is potentially going to bring you criticism?” asked the former England international, who made over 600 appearances in all competitions for United during a career that spanned 19 years.
“As a player, you have to ask yourself a few questions before doing anything. Is it going to help me? Is it going to make me a better player? Is it going to make people feel better about me? Is it going to earn me money? Is it going to make my coach like me more or less?
“If the answers come up negative then it’s probably best not doing it.
“But then again, on the other side, he’s giving his all, he’s a young lad and social media is the modern form of media, so get over it.”
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