According to Manchester Police, an audibly upset and intoxicated Manchester United fan called up the Greater Manchester Police’s 999 line shortly after the Red Devils crashed out of the League Cup to Sunderland, asking to talk to none other than former manager Sir Alex Ferguson because “the result is all wrong.”
When told by the operator that this was, in fact, the emergency police line he dialed, the fan insisted he had a crime to report:
"Yeah I’ll report a crime. The crime… is that… Manchester United… Manchester United… were absolutely knackered!"
The GMP later went to Facebook to clarify the purpose of the 999 line and to direct other disillusioned United fans to try reaching the club directly:
Interestingly, the “emergency” phone call comes just a couple days after some pranksters over at Paddy Power put up an “emergency” Sir Alex wax figure outside of Old Trafford:
Photo: Neil Lloyd/Paddy Power
You have to forgive United fans for insisting that Sir Alex has all the solutions to the club’s sudden downfall since retiring. Still, maybe the calls for him to return have gone a bit too far.