Social media has given fans the opportunity to get a glimpse into the world of the professional footballer.
It’s an invaluable tool in the modern game, where players are shielded from fans more than ever.
But, though we love it when a player reacts to a win, or announces his delight at signing for our team, there are sometimes when we wish players would simply refrain from hitting ’Tweet’.
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Manchester United supporters had once such instance earlier today when club hero Rio Ferdinand responded to an Arsenal fan who expressed his disappointment that the former defender never played for the Gunners.
Ferdinand never realised that his seven-word tweet would cause such a fierce reaction from those who used to shout his name.
“I did reach out to Mr Wenger!!,” Ferdinand said.
Needless to say, United fans weren’t entirely happy with the 37-year-old’s open admission.
Ferdinand provided some context
A little more context was needed to understand the full situation. On the surface of it, Ferdinand admitted that he attempted to join Arsenal.
Thankfully, Ferdinand cleared up his message when one United fan questioned whether he wanted to swap Old Trafford for Arsenal.
“You mad….was when i was out of contract at @ManUtd,” the former England defender wrote.
Thanks for clearing that up, Rio. United fans can now go back to celebrating the club’s position at the top of the Premier League.
United were incredibly fortunate that Ferdinand’s heart was fixed on helping the club win Premier League titles. He won six during his time in Manchester while Arsenal toiled to continuous finishes behind Sir Alex Ferguson’s team.
The end for Ferdinand came in 2014 when he wasn’t offered a contract extension. Though he would end up in London, it wasn’t playing for Arsenal.
Queens Park Rangers snapped the defender up, although it quickly became apparent that Ferdinand should have perhaps called curtains on his career when he left the Red Devils.
The former West Ham academy graduate has since developed into one of the more interesting pundits to listen to in football. In fact, this morning’s Twitter saga began when he hit back at Alan Shearer’s comment that Wayne Rooney should retire from international football.