Greater Manchester Police have been forced to release a statement warning football fans not to waste their time after a Manchester United fan phoned 999 and "demanded" to speak to Sir Alex Ferguson.
The phone call was made by a supporter in a 'drunken state' after United crashed out of the League Cup to Sunderland on penalties.
The caller, clearly upset about another disappointing day under new manager David Moyes, was desperate to speak to Fergie - we can only speculate to try and persuade him to come back out of retirement and save the club.
The Manchester North branch of Greater Manchester North police released a friendly statement on their Facebook page asking fans to not waste their time in such a manner again.
"Last night, at approximately 22.30pm a man from the Crumpsall area of North Manchester rang 999 in a drunken state demanding to speak to Sir Alex Ferguson about last night’s result," they wrote.
"Obviously, it can be a sad and depressing moment when you’re (sic) football team loses a game, however can we all please remember that 999 is to be used for emergencies only. For any other police related enquiries that are not an emergency, you can ring 101.
"If you would like to speak to Sir Alex about recent football results we here at GMP Manchester North can only suggest you try ringing Manchester United FC directly as you will probably (not definitely) have a much better chance of getting through to him there rather than ringing the police"
The police in the Chortle area of Manchester also got in on the fun with a cheeky tweet about Phil Jones' missed penalty in the shoot-out.
Football found in Chorlton; early investigations suggest it may belong to Phil Jones ;/
— GMP Chorlton (@GMPChorlton) January 22, 2014
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