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Twitter was forced to delete a post about Manchester United defender Phil Jones (Getty Images)

Manchester United and Phil Jones have received a formal apology from Twitter after a post from the company’s official UK account mocked the defender.

The social media’s account @TwitterUK posted on Tuesday evening: ‘Name a footballer better than Phil Jones’.

The post was subsequently deleted following a number of complaints from users, as well as one from United.

Twitter, however, claimed that the post was to promote a new feature on their platform which allows a user to choose who can reply to a tweet.

A Twitter spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘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.’

Twitter UK deleted their post which trolled Phil Jones (Twitter)

Jones has made just eight appearances this season due to injury.

And the 28-year-old will miss the remainder of United’s Europa League campaign this summer due to a knee problem.

‘Phil has been following an individualised training programme during the post-lockdown period to optimise recovery from a knee problem,’ United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said last week.

‘It was a good opportunity as we had sufficient cover in defensive positions for the remaining Premier League games and he will continue to work with a fitness coach at the Aon Training Complex, while the squad are in Germany.’

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