Sunday 18 March 2018

Mourinho lays down law on social media to players

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Photo: Gareth Copley/Getty Images
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Photo: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Jamie Holland

Jose Mourinho has instigated a crackdown on Manchester United players' use of social media.

The United manager is frustrated with how much the players make public online and has brought in a strict new set of rules governing what they can and cannot publish on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.

United's first-team players have been told that the club does not want them to publish any pictures from training, from the 48 hours leading up to a game or especially from the team bus on the way to games.

Mourinho wants to restrict the flow of information out of the club, especially at sensitive times, and also wants to make sure his players are fully focused on match-days.

United have been especially aware of players' social media posts painting the club in a bad light recently, and players who have been thought to have given too much away have been reprimanded.

When Luke Shaw posted footage of himself training at home in November as he recovered from an injury, Mourinho was furious. Shaw was upbraided by Rui Faria for painting the club in a bad light, as if the video suggested United were not doing their own job properly to get the player fit.

Mourinho's policy has been communicated to all players and their social media teams as part of the manager's campaign to change the mentality among the squad that he believes has gone soft in the last few seasons.

Meanwhile, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has undergone a successful operation in the USA to repair the cruciate ligament that he damaged in his right knee last month. The 35-year-old Swede, whose deal with United runs out at the end of the season, posted a photo on his official Instagram account of his scarred knee post operation, with the message: "Fixed, done and stronger. Once again thank you for the support."

Ibrahimovic is not expected to return to action until January next year and United have yet to confirm whether they will opt to extend his contract for an extra year.

Irish Independent

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