Billionaire investor and entrepreneur Elon Musk has revealed his intention to buy Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world.
Founded in 1878 but known as Manchester United since 1902, the club is currently owned by the Glazer family.
With 20 League titles, three UEFA Champions League, 12 FA Cups and several other domestic and continental honours, United are unarguably the most successful club in England.
And with tens of millions of fans spread across the corners of the earth, Manchester United is one of the most widely supported football clubs in the world.
But the Red Devils are presently a shadow of their glorious past.
United have not won a major title since their UEFA Europa League triumph in 2016. The Red Devils last lifted the Premier League title in 2013, nearly ten years ago.
And for a club that lifted six league titles in the previous decade their current barren run has left fans disillusioned.
Many supporters have called for the current American owners to sell the club to a more success-driven buyer.
Their prayers may, however, be close to being answered as Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors has indicated an interest in buying United.
Making the announcement on Twitter, Musk simply wrote: “I’m buying Manchester United.”
Also, I’m buying Manchester United ur welcome
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 17, 2022
It is an interesting prospect as a union between Musk, widely regarded as the wealthiest person in the world, and United, the wealthiest club in the world, can only birth stuffs of dreams.
Nigerians have reacted to Elon Musk’s post on buying Manchester United.
Most Nigerian commentators are not taking Musk, who made a similar move to buy Twitter but reneged, seriously.
One Twitter user, Malik, humourosly asked Musk to buy ASUU instead.
ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities) is currently on a six-month strike keeping millions of Nigerian undergraduates out of school.
PLS COME AND BUY ASUU pic.twitter.com/sQP3zcHNJp
— 𝐌𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐤 ✨ (@_Just_Malik) August 17, 2022
Another Nigerian fan, Abuja boy, believed Musk may just have made United fans go emotional.
Manchester United fans to Elon Musk right now pic.twitter.com/IcTkbTnr54
— Abuja Boy🦅 (@p_jasini) August 17, 2022
One supporter thinks Musk’s intervention could trigger a United come-back.
WE MIGHT BE BACK 🥺 pic.twitter.com/o9Hg3y57ww
— Daniel🇳🇬🇳🇬YT: DanUnited TV (@danielogoun7) August 17, 2022
51-year-old Musk, founder and CEO at SpaceX, reportedly has a net worth of 264.7 billion dollars. Man United, though, have an estimated value of 4.6 billion dollars.