Twitter has hit back in defence of James Wilson after the Manchester United striker's girlfriend was mocked by an Australian sports betting website.
Oddschecker Australia posted a recent photo of Wilson and his girlfriend, alongside the misogynistic caption: "Sure she's a lovely girl but someone needs to remind James Wilson he's a pro footballer. Start abusing this privilege."
This sparked an angry backlash from a host of Twitter users, who were stunned and disgusted by the tweet which was later deleted.
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"Fire whoever does your Twitter," wrote one user. "Right now."
While another posted: "Grubby. Blocked and muted."
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The tweets continued to reign in towards @OddscheckerAu, before they published a message confirming the offending post had been taken down.
If the idea was to drive traffic to their website, it certainly had the desired affect. Hours later they apologised to users due to the unprecedented number of people attempting to access their website.
But, on the flip side, it will have left their image tarnished - particularly in the eyes of Manchester United supporters.
Harsh and unnecessary tweet
Wilson doesn't turn 20 until December and could do without established companies making snarky comments about his loved ones. He'll have enough of that nonsense to contend with from the general public throughout his career.
The England Under-20 international has a bright future ahead of him, having made 16 first-team appearances this season, and could be handed another opportunity to shine against Hull City this weekend.
Loan spell possible
United boss Louis van Gaal may organise a loan spell for the teenager for the 2015-16 campaign - there will be no shortage of potential suitors lining up to secure his services - although the veteran Dutch coach might decide the striker has a role to play at Old Trafford with the Red Devils set to be fighting it out in four competitions next season.
Radamel Falcao will leave Manchester United this summer, while Javier Hernandez could also depart Old Trafford if the club can find a buyer.
That will leave Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie as their only two first-team strikers heading into next season if Wilson is loaned out.
United are, however, expected to spend big money on a new centre-forward. The likes of Harry Kane, Edinson Cavani and Alexandre Lacazette have all been linked with the Premier League giants in recent weeks and months.
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