A mischievous car clamper had fans fearing Manchester United might be late for their last pre-season friendly game.
When a picture appeared on social media of the team coach with a clamp stuck on the back wheel some worried if the players might have to walk to Dublin’s Aviva Stadium for the match against Sampdoria.
The incident however proved to be a prank.
It appears one of the city’s clampers seized the chance for a great photo opportunity.
He attached the clamp momentarily on the luxury bus, which was correctly parked, to secure a picture that delivered his 15 minutes of fame on social media.
The Man Utd team bus was clamped in Dublin!
In true Mourinho fashion, there's a goal just behind it. pic.twitter.com/DZiWEXiSiC
— betway (@betway) August 2, 2017
And so United did not have to add a parking fine to the £150million they have already splashed out in the transfer market ahead of the new Premier League season.
A club spokeswoman told the Press Association: “It was just a prank. Some guy pretended to clamp the bus and took a picture.”