Eric Bailly and Juan Mata appear to break Jose Mourinho's new Manchester United social media rules

Jack Austin
The Independent
Players are now no longer allowed to use social media 48 hours before a game: Getty
Players are now no longer allowed to use social media 48 hours before a game: Getty

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly appears to have broken Jose Mourinho’s new social media ban.

Bailly uploaded a video to his Instagram account on Wednesday where he and Juan Mata were joking around with a ball at United’s Carrington training ground.

He has since deleted the post, which was published a little over 24 hours before the club’s crucial Europa League semi-final first-leg away to Celta Vigo – thus breaking Mourinho’s strict new rules.

Mata looked fully mobile despite not playing since March, while Bailly himself limped off against Swansea on Sunday.

The incident comes after The Independent revealed Mourinho’s crackdown on players’ social media use in the lead up to games. The new rules prohibit first-team players from publishing and pictures or videos from training or anything during the 48 hours leading up to a game.

Eric Bailly and Juan Mata #MUFC

— Manchester United (@ManUtdUpdates_) May 3, 2017

Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard have all been rebuked recently and players have been made aware how their actions can paint the club in a bad light.

Lingard’s infamous Snapchat of United on their team bus while being held up in a ferocious atmosphere on the way to West Ham on the final game of last season caused a large amount of criticism, while Luke Shaw has also been guilty of crossing the line.

Assistant manager Rui Faria was furious at Shaw for publishing a video of himself training at home in November after Mourinho ruled him out of a trip to Swansea through injury – something which was seen as a dig at the former Chelsea boss.

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