Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken a thinly-veiled swipe at Manchester United stars who spend too much time on social media.
Solskjaer (48) is a fully-paid up member of football’s oldest school.
The likes of YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook were just beginning to emerge when the Norwegian retired in 2007.
He played in a time before social media was even possible, due to the fact that it wasn’t yet available.
Nokia was the most popular mobile phone company, selling over 435 million units. Apple had only 2.3 million sales.
All footballers now have smartphones and many have social media accounts. Not that Solskjaer is thrilled about this development.
The United boss touched on his dislike of technology ahead of the club’s Carabao Cup third round tie against West Ham in a match where Phil Jones is expected to make his long-awaited comeback.
“He’s [Jones] been so diligent and so professional; no frills, no social media and I’m old school,” Solskjaer spoke to Manchester United’s official site.
“I like players like that. He just focuses on one thing and gets his head around the challenges and he’s back.”
Solskjaer’s comments could be interpreted as a thinly-veiled dig at some of United’s players who spend too much time on social media.
Paul Pogba, a midfielder, has been criticised for focusing on other things than football in the past.
Jesse Lingard uses social networking to show his infectious personality. This has drawn mixed reactions from fans.
Lingard is also interested in esports and acquired the UK-based esports organization Audacity Esports last year.
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Harry Maguire and Jadon Sancho, as well as Bruno Fernandes, are regular users of social networks in the United team. However, their recent performances don’t suggest that this is hindering them on pitch.
After winning four out of five matches, the Red Devils are now joint-top in the Premier League. Southampton’s draw was their only setback.