Greater Manchester Police said the man, from Crumpsall, was distraught after the team were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Sunderland.
Police said they knew it could be “sad and depressing” when a football team loses a game but asked the public to “remember that 999 is to be used for emergencies only”.
United missed out on a Wembley final with rivals Man City when they lost on penalties in the semi-final at Old Trafford under new manager David Moyes.
The man opened the call – which has been uploaded onto YouTube – by asking to speak to Mr Ferguson.
He then told the call handler: “The result is all wrong, they had extra time and it was a total and utter load of rubbish.”
After being asked if he needed to report a crime, the caller replied: “Yes, a crime. I want to report a crime. The crime is that Manchester United were absolutely knackered.”
Diane Grandidge, GMP’s business lead for call handling, said: “Silly calls like this one are thoughtless and can make a difference in a life and death situation.”
The force said the caller has been warned about inappropriate use of the 999 service, but would not face further action.Post published in: Analysis