PREMIER - Phil Jones on why he's no longer present on social media
Phil Jones, a Manchester United defender, has had a difficult couple of years at the club. The defender has not played for the club since January 2020, despite the fact that he is still just 29 years old.
The England star has now stated why he chose to delete his social media accounts.
“I mean, 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,” he is quoted as saying by the official Manchester United website.
“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 to read stuff as well.
“I always say that footballers don’t have a voice, your voice comes when you finish playing football and no-one really cares anymore.
“So, 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.
“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.”