Manchester United have have a poor run on the field and ex-player Gary Neville thinks they are also getting a rough ride online.
After opening their season with a Community Shield and three Premier League wins, Jose Mourinho’s men have since suffered three straight defeats, with domestic losses sandwiching a defeat to Feyenoord in the Europa League.
The run of poor results has resulted in a flurry of negative headlines about the club, with particular focus on new signings and captain Wayne Rooney.
Former Manchester United boss says Jose Mourinho tactics won't work https://t.co/xlcPyInsZy— The Independent (@Independent) September 20, 2016
Not an easy question to answer. The biggest problem might be expectation https://t.co/oDCdb9NQS5— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) September 20, 2016
Old Trafford legend Neville is unimpressed with the negativity and said so on Twitter.
Just reading the sports headlines this morning. 10 days ago going into the Derby United were back. Now they're F@@@@d. Football madness..— Gary Neville (@GNev2) September 20, 2016
And it’s not only journalists, he also reckons fans of the club need to learn some patience.
Not just journalism. On here from some United fans as well. https://t.co/WYOGuTLJq5— Gary Neville (@GNev2) September 20, 2016
He may be hoping in vain. As Guardian reporter Barney Ronay pointed out - in today’s 24-hour news cycle, even a short run of disappointing results can appear a crisis.
events dear boy events— Barney Ronay (@barneyronay) September 20, 2016