Wow! That took a while!
Premier League champions Manchester United and arguably the biggest club in world football, finally joined Twitter this morning, on July 10, 2013.
Previously, over recent months, they had been using their Press Office on Twitter to relay official messages from the club.
The final Premier League club to join, Manchester United appear to have had a sea change in their thinking towards social media, especially since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson who was disparaging on a number of occasions about the social network.
Manchester United are expected to become the biggest Premier League club on Twitter in the coming months. It took the Red Devils just a matter of minutes to reach 50,000 followers and it would be no surprise were they to hit 1 million within the week.
Below are the best Tweets on Manchester United finally opening a Twitter account. Including of course, Manchester United’s first Tweet.
New era, same spirit. The season starts here. Let's do this. #mufc
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 10, 2013
5 – The new Man United Twitter account has demanded 5 more extra characters than anyone else in tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson. Tweet.
— OptaJoke (@OptaJoke) July 10, 2013
So United finally get an official Twitter account – @ManUtd. Nice. Now for a new website ;-)
— BeautifullyRed (@BeautifullyRed) July 10, 2013
Why did it take united so long? Hmm. Sponsors sign off, football conservatism, bureaucracy and internal fear I'd hazard a guess at.
— Roberto Kusabbi (@RKTweets) July 10, 2013
Nice to see Sir Alex is keeping busy in his retirement by setting up an official twitter for the club. Hey there Fergie! @ManUtd
— Valencia's Left Foot (@Dave9Mufc) July 10, 2013
They finally join Twitter, their manager does live radio interviews over the phone, banned journos are invited back in. Glasnost at @ManUtd?
— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) July 10, 2013
Maybe now we'll get a mobile app, YouTube channel & Instagram account. Or maybe the club might start interacting with fans #wontholdmybreath
— Scott (@R_o_M) July 10, 2013
I wonder if @ManUtd had to pay off whoever owned the account beforehand. I believe the account did exist but had only tweeted once or twice?
— Tom Coast (@sardinetrawler) July 10, 2013
.@ManUtd already have more followers than me. Something their singular tweet thus far hardly deserves.
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) July 10, 2013
Follow me I follow back @ManUtd
— Macca (@The_Paris_Angel) July 10, 2013
The real news story is not that the Man Utd Twitter account followed Wayne Rooney, but that they let David Brent write their first tweet.
— David Hartrick (@DavidHartrick) July 10, 2013
Whoever is running the @manutd account, please follow Thiago, just for the mental breakdown effect.
— Annie Eaves (@AnnieEaves) July 10, 2013
— Daniel Harris (@DanielHarris) July 10, 2013