Manchester United's Ashley Young joins Twitter... Rio urges him to be thick skinned

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Manchester United fans have another player who has joined Twitter they can follow.

The relationship between footballers and Twitter is an up-and-down one, as the litany of players to land themselves in trouble with the FA or the press goes to show.

It does though give a good insight into players personal lives if they allow, or simply encourage interaction between player and fans, making them appear less distant.

It is tended to be used at discretion though, for example previously regular user Wayne Rooney has not tweeted for months, ever since the controversy over his future broke - when he could easily have used the tool to cut the rumour and state he wants to stay.

But not wishing to see the impending criticism which would arrive should he surface, Rooney perhaps wisely kept quiet.

Manchester United fans will recall Darron Gibson joining Twitter two years ago, and quitting within two hours because of the torrent of abuse he received.

He backtracked later and said it was due to the alerts on his phone 'bugging him' from incessant messages, but with the midfielder an unpopular figure among fans it didn't look good.

Now Ashley Young has stuck his head above the parapet, and become the latest United player to join Twitter.

Young is not enjoying a particularly good moment right now, having struggled for form and fitness for around 18 months and in need of consistency to show United fans and the rest of the Premier League he deserves his place at the club.

Having joined the social networking site on Thursday, teammate Rio Ferdinand asked the winger to stick with it. 

He may need to be, and if he needed any extra incentive to improve his form - this is certainly it.

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