Manchester United respond on Twitter to Anthony Martial's picture with Thierry Henry

Published Add your comment

Football News

It’s pretty much impossible to escape social media these days. It’s become a fabric of modern day life - you probably found this article using it.

It also plays an important role in modern football; clubs that nail it on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram have the ability to grow their brand exponentially.

San Marino’s national football team certainly isn’t a brand, but their number one fan account boasts nearly 8,000 followers. Would that be possible if they didn’t provide such excitement on match days, tweeting: “For the bantz: we scored more goals than England did tonight,” after San Marino scored against Norway on Tuesday?

Social media is so big that the Mirror felt compelled to rank each of the Premier League clubs’ Twitter accounts, based on their handles, bios and header photos. Yes, really.

The Mirror didn’t actually delve into any tweets but we imagine they would have scored Manchester United quite highly.

The Red Devils boast the highest Twitter following of any of the 20 Premier League clubs with 9.02 million followers. Arsenal come in second with 8.22 million.

United having the highest following isn’t much of a surprise considering their worldwide popularity, and it’s good to see they can back it up with some top notch tweets, too.

After Anthony Martial tweeted a photo of himself with Arsenal and France hero Thierry Henry with the simple message, “#legend”, United decided to reply.

At the time of writing, the tweet has received more than 4,500 retweets and over 4,000 likes.

We seriously hope Aston Villa’s media team were watching after their recent Twitter spat with Virgin Trains. This is what the fans want to see, Villa!

Man United's Twitter account analysed

For what it’s worth, here’s what the Mirror had to say about United’s Twitter feed, with scores out of 10:

Handle: Would @ManUnited have been better? That's a rhetorical question; the answer is yes. 5

Bio: No frills, no needless information. Well done. 8

Header photo: This is the gold standard as far as header images go, with key players (and Wayne Rooney) on display and strong use of colour. Crucially, the picture appears to have been created exactly for this purpose. 10

Bonuses and deductions: That football emoji has to go. Two points off.

Total score: 21

Are you pleased with your clubs' social media coverage? Let us know in the comments section below!

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Thierry Henry
Wayne Rooney
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Paris Saint-Germain
Premier League
Manchester United

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again