A drunk Manchester United fan called 999 and asked to speak to Sir Alex Ferguson after his club was eliminated in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup.
During the call, which was made at 22:30 GMT on Wednesday, the man demanded to speak to the former manager before telling the unknown call handler: “The result is all wrong, they had extra time and it was a total and utter load of rubbish.”
When asked if he had a crime to report, the man said: “Yes. I want to report a crime. The crime is that Manchester United were absolutely knackered.”
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) received the call after Manchester United were defeated 2-1 on penalties to Sunderland, losing the chance to take on rival club Manchester City in the Wembley final of the competition.
Many fans of the Red Devils say the team has been off form for months under new manager David Moyes.
Sir Alex Ferguson retired in May after spending 26 years in Old Trafford.
In response to the call the force posted the following statement on their Facebook page: “Obviously, it can be a sad and depressing moment when your football team loses a game, however, can we all please remember that 999 is to be used for emergencies only.”
“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.”