Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has closed down his Twitter account after receiving a wave of abuse from users.
The 24-year-old conducted an interview with the Mirror on Monday and revealed that he felt he has been made a scapegoat for the Red Devils’ poor performances this season.
Cleverley admitted that it stung to receive criticism in his early days as a professional footballer, before insisting: “I have learned to take it with a pinch of salt and I’m sure it will make me stronger for the rest of my career”.
However, it appears that the constant abuse from Twitter users - surprise, surprise - has forced the England international to deactivate his account.
The Mirror informed Cleverley of some of the questions that were posed to his Manchester United teammate Michael Carrick during a recent Q & A session, such as: “You can travel back in time. Do you kill Hitler or stop Cleverley being born?” and other similar offensive attempts to earn a few retweets.
“Cleverley laughed,” Mirror journalist Oliver Holt reported. “Not a bitter laugh. Not the laugh of someone who’s been beaten down by the criticism. Just the laugh of someone who knows the territory and who is learning to cope with it.”
However, everyone has a limit, and Cleverley has clearly reached his.
This is not the first time a footballer has been forced to close down their Twitter account due to incessant abuse.
Back in April 2011, former Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson deactivated his account - just two hours after activating it - for exactly the same reasons.