Tweet turns sour as abuse forces Gibson to log off
Ireland midfielder Darron Gibson lasted just two hours on social networking website Twitter after he received a barrage of abuse from fans of his own club.
The Manchester United player joined team-mates Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney on the site under the moniker 'dgibbo28', and after Ferdinand quickly recommended that fans follow him, his flirtation with the popular website turned sour as a section began to tell him exactly what they thought of him.
"Your performance on Saturday was one of the worst I've ever seen of any utd player. scared of the ball much?" one wrote, while another added: "Nothing would make me happier than if we sold you in the summer, you're probably a nice bloke, but an awful footballer".
Gibson didn't like what he was hearing and swiftly closed his account. The 23-year-old has had a mixed season and has only played 12 times in the Premier League.
His contract expires at the end of next season and while he hopes to renew it over the summer, Alex Ferguson has offered new deals to fellow midfielders Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick.
Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has previously suggested Gibson should seek a move away from Old Trafford to get more time on the park and develop his game, but that was met with a cold response from the midfielder who maintains he has a future with the Red Devils -- though some fans might not agree.