Elon Musk wants to buy Manchester United 

Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay of Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay of Manchester United - IMAGO / PA Images

American billionaire and world’s richest man Elon Musk has sent Manchester United fans into a frenzy after revealing he intends to buy the club.

The 51-year-old, who is currently in a legal battle with Twitter over his deal to purchase the social media company, has a history of being unconventional and posting irreverent tweets.

On Tuesday, the American entrepreneur while in the midst of a political ideology discussion on Twitter revealed that he was buying troubled club Manchester United, without providing any details of the deal.

“Also, I’m buying Manchester United ur welcome,” Musk tweeted under a thread where he appeared to offer his support for both the Republicans and Democrats.

The tweet by Musk generated much attention and engagement from Manchester United fans on social media. The Red Devils has more than 32 million followers on its main Twitter account, with the tweet by Musk garnering nearly 320,000 ‘likes’ on the platform within three hours.

The move by Musk comes at the time when Manchester United are in the midst of a crisis. The Old Trafford club have lost their first two league games of the season and currently sit bottom of the league table as a result.

The club supporters have turned on current owners, the Glazers family, and have repeatedly asked the American family to leave the club or run it better than they currently do.

In the past, when Musk has announced he was interested in a deal to buy Twitter, some disgruntled United fans advised him to consider buying the club rather than the social network company.

The Premier League giants are one of the biggest footballing brands in the world, with fans spread all across the world. Despite their current struggles, they remain the most successful club in the Premier League and will come cheap to Musk whose net worth is a whopping $270 billion, according to Forbes.

The Red Devils, whose shares have slid a quarter in the past 12 months, are valued at just over $2 billion.