Manchester United defender Phil Jones probably expected a rush of critics and comedians in equal measure following his awful penalty miss during last night's Capital One Cup shootout against Sunderland, but not from Greater Manchester Police.
Jones scooped a poor spot kick over the crossbar during United's surprise shootout defeat to Sunderland at Old Trafford on a horrible night for the Red Devils, with Danny Welbeck, Adnan Januzaj and Rafael all failing to beat Mackems stopper Vito Mannone.
Just minutes after Jones arrowed his penalty high wide and handsome GMP Cholton's Twitter account sprung into action, posting: "Football found in Chorlton; early investigations suggest it may belong to Phil Jones."
GMP Chorlton's attempt at humour was clearly a pull to try and attract a wide audience to a more important message, with a swift follow-up: "Anyway; since we have your attention for this brief moment - please make sure you lock up nice and secure tonight. #betthatgetsretweetedtoo!"
Message number one from the force's official drew 2,233 retweets and a flood of responses, but the more informed corresponding message received just a paltry four in comparison.
United fans are still reeling from their shock League Cup exit after a roller-coaster night of emotions at Old Trafford, with Mannone Sunderland's hero as his save from Rafael's fifth and final penalty earned the Black Cats a cup final berth for the first time in 22 years.
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