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Social media faux pas for Manchester United as they prematurely confirm appointment of David Moyes as manager

Social media trail: The Facebook post and Rooney profile

The Manchester United Facebook page accidentally published an announcement confirming the appointment of David Moyes as United's new manager on Thursday afternoon before his current club, Everton, had informed its own fans of his departure.The official Fifa account was among those to be caught out, quickly deleting a tweet breaking the news when it became apparent the Facebook post had been a social media oops moment. However, social media quickly picked up on the story, leaving red faces in the Manchester United press office.A short time later, Everton sent out a tweet confirming the departure of David Moyes. A club statement said Moyes had expressed a desire to join Manchester United.

It remains to be seen whether Manchester United will opt for the Hacked Defence on their awkward moment.Twitter saw an explosion of tweets after the news of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement was announced on Wednesday, with six million mentions of the story in the 24 hours following the announcement - 1.4 million in the first hour - putting the social network at the top of the conversation on Ferguson's tenure.Meanwhile, in another Manchester United Twitter development, striker Wayne Rooney updated his Twitter bio from 'Manchester United player' to 'NikeUK athlete' following reports of his desire to leave the club.

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