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Man United finally launch official Twitter account

Updated: Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 14:24 | Comments

Man United have over 34 million likes on Facebook
Man United have over 34 million likes on Facebook

Manchester United today launched their official Twitter feed with the message "New era, same spirit.”

The club, using the handle @ManUtd, amassed over 290,000 followers in the first ten hours with the first message posted at 8:30am.

The Premier League club already has a strong presence on social media site Facebook with 34 million people having "liked" the official club page.

Manchester United have a long way to go to match Real Madrid and Barcelona, who have 8.1million and 9.4million Twitter followers respectively.

The Red Devils' arrival on the micro-blogging site has been welcomed by the online community.

Former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel said: "@ManUtd on twitter it's like Christmas", while Edwin van der Sar tweeted: "Surprised so late but pleased @manutd has joined twitter also!"

Former England international turned TV pundit Gary Lineker was also pleased to see the Champions join Twitter. 

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