With Manchester United in complete disarray, supporters have started begging Elon Musk to buy the club, which he could easily do, considering his huge net worth.
On August 16, the businessman, who has previously discussed his love of the side, took to social media to deliver an interesting message.
He tweeted: “I’m buying Manchester United. You’re welcome.”
The tweet conjured up a huge reaction. Fans went wild in the comments, with over 400,000 liking the post.
The former great Premier League side have had a shocking start to the campaign. Despite a positive pre-season tour of Australia and Thailand, Erik ten Hag has struggled to continue his run into the games that mean something.
This, however, isn’t necessarily his fault. The Dutchman hasn’t received the backing he’d have liked in the transfer window, and now it’s paying dividends. This only adds to the fans’ frustration, who have grown extremely tired of the Glazers – although their issues with the owners spread far beyond the performances on the pitch.
Therefore, the idea of Musk taking over filled most of them with joy. However, he shortly clarified that he was only having a laugh.
In response to a fan, he said: “No, this is a long-running joke on Twitter. I’m not buying any sports teams.”
This left supporters gutted. They thought that things could finally turn around, only to have their faces rubbed in the dirt. But, Musk later tweeted again to leave the door ever so slightly ajar.
The 51-year-old claimed: “Although, if it were any team [I’d take over], it would be Man U. They were my fav team as a kid.”
So, if he ever took over the Manchester United chairman role, how much money would he have at his disposal?
What is the net worth of Elon Musk?
Running Tesla and SpaceX unsurprisingly adds a healthy chunk of cash to your bank account. As of this year, he has taken over Amazon’s Jeff Bezos as the richest man on the planet.
According to USA Today, as of June 2022, he has a staggering net worth of $219 billion, although this figure is continually fluctuating. And his meteoric rise looked set to continue in April, when he submitted a $44 billion bid to buy Twitter. However, as per The Guardian, he withdrew his offer.
His lawyers explained: “Mr Musk is terminating the merger agreement because Twitter is in material breach of multiple provisions of that agreement, appears to have made false and misleading representations upon which Mr Musk relied when entering into the merger agreement, and is likely to suffer a Company Material Adverse Effect.”
If Musk was to take over United at some stage in the future, he would have a lot of money at his disposal. Whether he could use it to transform the club’s fortunes would be another question entirely.
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