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Manchester United woes worsened by social media

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Twitter & Facebook increasing severity of Moyes criticism. (©GettyImages)
Twitter & Facebook increasing severity of Moyes criticism. (©GettyImages).

Manchester United and David Moyes have clearly had a torrid beginning to their season.

The year of 2014 is fast approaching, and last season's Premier League champions currently sit closer to the relegation zone than to first place Arsenal.

With fans from all across the globe, many have been tweeting or posting their frustrations on social media websites.

Has social media been the cause for many of the Manchester United fan's reactions to the start of their season?

There are many pages linked to Manchester United, but not run by the Man United organisation, that stem from India, the United States, and Japan.

These pages are mostly run by fans of the club to provide their opinions to the people who 'like' or 'follow' their pages and accounts.

These pages will have anywhere from 60 followers to hundreds of thousands of likes.

So a lot of fans are reading the same opinions that are written by, let's face it, frustrated Manchester United supporters who can't struggle to balance their opinions.

They vent out their opinions that many people read, and these opinions spread quickly.

Colorful language and heat of the moment posts have become the symbol of David Moyes reign. In an attempt to have their tweets 'favourited' or have their comments 'liked' supporters will make rash statements with no real backing to what they say.

These rash statements are read by a lot of people, and often times they sway opinion. Many people, outside Manchester itself, do not have an authentic Manchester United fan hood that comes from seeing their team play every weekend.

Instead they become influenced by commentators, Facebook posts, and tweets from frustrated fans. It all circulates into one giant over reaction from Manchester United supporters.

Fans have failed to realise that this is a rebuilding process for the Red Devils. Moyes is trying to not fall into the shadow of his predecessor, and has reshaped the club from top to bottom.

The backroom staff has changed, training has changed, coaching style has changed, and even the date when the starting line up is announced has changed. Even little things like that can affect the team's performance.

But the team is only in ninth place, and is by no means out of the running for the title. They are very well capable of reaching the top four, and the performances Moyes' team has put in the Champions League has convincingly placed them into the last 16.

But people instead go with what is trending on social media, and would rather conform with a large group then refute other people's posts and suffer the wrath of people who would rather insult their fellow club's fans than actually support their team. It all leads to groupthink, which can sometimes be an unfortunate consequence to social media.

All of this together has led to many Manchester United fans overreacting to their teams start under the new manager.

Moyes will not panic though, and Man Utd will work to get back up to where they think they belong.

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