Wednesday 20 September 2017

Rio Ferdinand hits out at Paul Pogba over social media antics

HULL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26: Paul Pogba of Manchester United in action during the EFL Cup Semi-Final second leg match between Hull City and Manchester United at KCOM Stadium on January 26, 2017 in Hull, England. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
HULL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26: Paul Pogba of Manchester United in action during the EFL Cup Semi-Final second leg match between Hull City and Manchester United at KCOM Stadium on January 26, 2017 in Hull, England. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has hit out at Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard after they posted a video of themselves dancing in the changing room at the club’s Carrington training base.

Arsenal players have been persistently criticised in recent years for posting post match photos showing scenes of celebration following what has often been relatively modest victories and now Ferdinand has suggested United midfielders Pogba and Lingard have been chastised for their last social media collaboration.

“I’m all for having fun and I think part of Pogba’s appeal especially is that he is a happy free spirit which I wouldn’t want to take away from,” began Ferdinand, speaking to BT Sport.

“I’ve dug out Arsenal players for things like this before and it would be wrong of me not to speak about the United players, but I think there’s timing and there’s getting the balance right when you’re doing these things.

“If that comes out just after you’ve just got to a cup final, you’ve won the cup final, won the league or something like that, listen I’d be pushing that out all over. I’d be the first one to be doing that.

“Looking at myself the way I think about it, we’re fifth in the league, we’re fighting for the Champions League position, we haven’t got our hands on any silverware yet. I’d want to keep myself under the radar a little bit until we get to that point.

“The timing of this thing, you leave yourself wide open to criticism. Social media is hard to control it these days.

“How many of your sponsors ask you to do something (on social media). Nine times out of ten, you say no. You need to have the personality to do this and don’t leave yourself out there to criticism.”

Ferdinand went on to suggest his former manager Alex Ferguson would have halted Pogba and Lingard in their antics if he was in charge as he added: “If Fergie was there it wouldn’t happen.”

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