JOSE MOURINHO was the first victim of the social media generation, according to Jermaine Jenas.
Former Man United manager Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer taking the caretaker role.
EPA3 Jose Mourinho was sacked by Man United on Tuesday
And former midfielder Jenas suggested Paul Pogba's infamous use of Instagram influenced opinion among supporters.
Jenas told the Mail on Sunday: "This is the age of the Instagram footballer. We've seen this month how much power they have, sometimes even more power than media organisations.
"Certainly in terms of their social media following, they might have more power than managers in swaying the opinions of young fans. That just wasn't a factor 15 or 10 years ago when Mourinho was building his reputation.
"It wasn't even as significant five years ago and it would have been fascinating to see how Sir Alex Ferguson would have adapted. If there was an issue between the manager and a player then the manager would always win: even if the player was David Beckham, Roy Keane or Jaap Stam.
EPA3 Jermaine Jenas believes Mourinho was the first big victim of the social media generation
BBC3 Jenas believes players' use of Instagram is swaying public opinion
"Now, Paul Pogba's commercial value sometimes seems more important to Manchester United than the authority of the manager.
Solskjaer’s first game in charge was a thumping 5-1 win over Cardiff City.
It was all the sweeter for the former striker having been sacked by the Welsh club in 2014 after being relegated to the Championship.
And it was the first time United have scored five goals since Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge of the club.
Jesse Lingard struck twice after Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial had given the Red Devils a resounding lead.