Man City hero Sergio Aguero showed exactly why the player’s apology tweets are meaningless – Alex Brotherton

In the hours after Manchester City inflicted a sober 2-0 defeat on Manchester United, the latest controversy emerged over their crisis-ridden rivals.

A number of United players took to Twitter to publicly apologize for yet another pathetic performance, the latest in a season that looks set to be a total farce as long as Ole Gunnar Solskjær remains at the wheel.

It’s my fault from people like Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly were met with demands for action on the pitch, while Gary Neville’s criticism of players hiring third parties to run their social media accounts sparked a Twitter furore.

Here at The city is ours, we tend to put club loyalty aside and agree with Neville.

Players who apologize for their actions on the court are totally unnecessary. Instead of getting their PR team to send condescending messages online, they might be better off sending a message themselves whenever they feel like it.

The case of the famous City striker Sergio Aguero proves this.

If there’s one player who does not have to apologize for anything, it’s Only. He is responsible for the greatest moment in the club’s 127 history and gave City fans so many unforgettable memories of 10 years of impeccable and productive service.

Still, back in May, after receiving a Panenka penalty in a virtual dead rubber Premier League match against Chelsea, he felt compelled to make an apology to the supporters.

Granted, Aguero could have felt partly responsible for City’s 2-1 defeat. They were ahead 1-0 when he missed, so another goal would probably have put the match to bed.

At first glance, nothing looks unfortunate here. Aguero acknowledged that he had made a mistake and would apologize for it.

However, some of the responses to the tweet illustrate how pointless Twitter excuses are.

“It’s okay mate, I think you still have a bit of credit in the bank here,” wrote one user.

“Sorry, everyone’s making mistakes and I’m sure you will make up for us as usual,” tweeted another.

Harry Maguire took to Twitter to apologize for United’s defeat to City

In the big picture, it does not matter so much whether a football player scores a penalty kick or not, wins a match or makes a mistake. An apology is really not necessary.

Such is the way that Twitter and other social media platforms have become outlet holes for abuse and trolling, footballers and their PR representatives feel compelled to appease their fans at the earliest opportunity after the slightest mistake.

It is a sad reality in football today that players feel the need to say sorry just to try to do their job. It’s discouraging to see the mob being so easily appeased in a way it does not deserve.

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As we’ve seen with United players this week, social media executives posting bland, copy-and-paste excuses on their customers ’pages can actually seem counterproductive. In some cases, it encourages just the rage and vitriol that made them feel obligated to say no in the first place.

Football Twitter is more toxic than it has ever been. Maybe if we want football players to be more personal online, then the roots of this problem need to be properly addressed by social media companies. Post-match formula messages are nothing more than a patch for the yawning wound.

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