Man Utd force Twitter into apology over tweet asking users to 'name a footballer better than Phil Jones'

MANCHESTER UNITED forced Twitter into apologising after they asked users to "name a footballer better than Phil Jones".

The defender, 28, has been subject to trolling in the past for his facial expressions when playing.

Twitter on the other hand, have been criticised in the past for failing to act on bullying on their app.

The social media platform introduced a new feature, aimed at tackling bullying, which allows users to select who can reply to a tweet. 

And they told The Mail, their tweet appearing to poke fun at Jones was "showcasing" the new service.

A Twitter spokesman said: "Our aim was to showcase our new product feature, conversation controls, which allows you to select who can reply to a Tweet. 

"It was not our intention to cause upset and once we realised our mistake, we immediately deleted the Tweet."

The tweet did not go down with users, or United.

It is understood the Premier League club complained to Twitter, leading to the post being deleted.

Jones made just two league appearances this season as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stuck with his preferred partnership of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof. 

The centre-back is reportedly being lined up for a shock switch to Italy's Serie A.

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