Perhaps the club hadn't given much thought to the responses they would get when they suggested fans to post questions they could ask Michael Carrick with the hashtag #AskCarrick.
Predictably there were many questions that took the mick out of the club's current situation. Some from rival fans enjoying United's current position and probably some from United fans as well expressing their feelings.
Especially after a 2-1 win defeat to Stoke City at the weekend, it was obvious that fans would choose an opportunity like this to vent their anger. However it did provide some hugely entertaining and comical questions. Unfortunately I doubt the club will end up using those questions.
My personal favourite is the following:
#AskCarrick if you could drop one player from the team how would you tell Cleverley?— Dave (@welshdave2183) February 3, 2014
Dave is a United fan judging from his bio on Twitter and one of many that doesn't understand the continued selection of Tom Cleverley. Most football fans are struggling to see what he actually brings to the team.
A few more tweets were targeted at Carrick himself with fans bemoaning the midfielder's passing.
#askcarrick in what game was your most memorable pass back to your keeper?— Liono (@LOTTC) February 3, 2014
#askcarrick have you tried wearing your kit backwards to see if it will help you pass the ball forward?— arran Lockey (@arranuk) February 3, 2014
Manchester United are on 40 points after 24 games in the Premier League and that is their lowest ever total from 24 games since the inception of the league in 1992. Even the signing of Juan Mata only briefly lifted the spirits of fans, and they were brought back down to earth following Saturday's defeat. Countless jokes have been made about David Moyes and they were even parodies suggesting he was behind Denver Broncos' huge defeat in the Superbowl XLVIII.
Here are a few more highlights from #AskCarrick:
How many times has Mata tried to make a run for it since signing? #AskCarrick— Arron Sethi (@arronsethi) February 3, 2014
#AskCarrick You've gone from playing with the likes of Ronaldo and Paul Scholes, to playing with Cleverley and Nani. How does that feel?— TheSPORTBible (@TSBible) February 3, 2014
Do you die a little inside when you're looking for someone to pass to and Tom Cleverley is to your left #AskCarrick— sundar (@sundarhanad) February 3, 2014
Can Manchester United make the top four this season?
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