Manchester United defender Phil Jones believes that young players have to cope mentally with the toxicity of social media. Jones was the subject of a number of memes online and has been abused on a regular basis on social media. He decided to remove himself from the fire when he quit all forms of social media. Since May 2017, he has not looked at both his Twitter and Instagram profiles. Jones has not played a competitive match since January 2020 due to a knee injury. He was included in the squad for their Carabao Cup game against West Ham.
“I stepped away from social media a long time ago but it’s difficult because all your friends read it, your family read it and they support you, they want the best for you,” Manchester United defender Phil Jones said. “They don’t want to see their mate, their husband, their dad getting slaughtered all over the papers or all over the media, so it’s tough because mentally I was going through a tough time and (then) to read stuff as well.”
“It’s difficult but it’s something I’ve learned to deal with, especially over the time I’ve been at United, and the more experience you get, the older you get, the better you learn to deal with those things,” he added. “I suppose for young players coming into the game now, not just at Man United, but all over the world, it’s a very hostile, toxic place to come into and they’ve got to be able to deal with that mentally as well as physically.”