Desperate Manchester United fans urge Elon Musk to ditch his $41bn bid to take over Twitter and buy their club instead, with one pleading: ‘Spend a few billion on the best players, put Tesla on the jerseys and win every trophy imaginable’
- Elon Musk has been urged to buy Manchester United by many fans of the club
- The Pretoria-born Tesla and Space X boss has bid to buy social media site Twitter
- But Musk, the world’s richest man, should turn to rescuing United, say fans
- Protests against United’s hated owners, the Glazers, took place on Friday
The world’s richest man Elon Musk has been urged to buy Manchester United by the club’s desperate fans.
Musk, 50, who is the owner of Tesla and Space X and has a net worth of around $265billion (£200bn), has submitted a bid in the region of $41billion (£31bn) to buy Twitter.
Musk has admitted he is ‘not sure’ his Twitter takeover bid will be successful, and United fans have pleaded with him to use his fortune to buy out the club’s hated owners, the Glazer family, instead.
Dozens of United fans have today descended on the club’s Carrington training ground to protest against the Glazer family’s ownership, amid yet another season of failure on the pitch.
Banners reading ‘Glazers out’ and ‘Disgrace – Not fit to wear the shirt’ were held up outside the gates to the complex, with United beefing up security in anticipation and calling in police.
Fans lit red smoke flares as they marched on the gates of Carrington before holding up the banners as security guards watched closely.
Tesla owner Elon Musk has launched a $41bn bid to buy social media network Twitter
Dozens of Manchester United supporters descended on the club’s Carrington training base on Friday lunchtime to protest against the Glazer family’s ownership
United had beefed up security in anticipation and locked the gates to the training complex
The demonstration on Friday lunchtime appears to be a precursor to a larger anti-Glazer protest planned for Old Trafford ahead of the Premier League match with Norwich City on Saturday.
The American owners bought United in 2005 in a heavily leveraged deal, piling enormous debt onto the club. United have stagnated in recent years, not winning the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 and now about to complete a fifth season with no trophies won.
The Glazers previously said they would invest both on and off the field, and set up a fan-sharing scheme to give supporters voting rights on the board.
However, none of the promises have been fulfilled, with the club currently lingering in a lowly seventh place in the Premier League, having been knocked out of every cup competition.
Most fans want to see the club sold, and many have now taken to social media to plead with Musk to buy it.
talkSPORT host and Manchester United fan Andy Goldstein has urged Musk to retract his offer to buy Twitter, and instead buy the Old Trafford side.
He said: ‘Elon, Elon. Retract ur offer. Buy Manchester united. Spend £2b on the best players in the world. Win everything. And then boast about it on Twitter.’
Another fan wrote: ‘Please buy Man Utd. All Man Utd fans would love it. Our club is currently being destroyed by the Glazer family. please. #GlazersOut.’
Another added: ‘You’re a top business man who fixes companies. Can you buy @ManUtd? The company needs fixing and you’re the man to do it. Also, free sponsorship for yourself too!!’
One fan even went to the effort of creating United shirts mocked up with Tesla’s logo on the front.
Another was on a similar wavelength, saying: ‘Buy manchester united, spend a few billion on the best players in the world, put tesla and spacex on the jerseys therefore associating the brand with success and victory and winning every trophy imaginable with club that has already won everything for 150 years.’
With United in dire straits on the pitch, fans want Musk to take over their club instead
Andy Goldstein has urged Elon Musk to by Manchester United ahead of social network Twitter
One fan even went to the effort of creating United shirts mocked up with Tesla on the front
United’s appointment of Erik ten Hag as their next permanent manager is all but done, with just the signing of his contract and finer details to be ironed out with Ajax.
The deal is expected to be on an initial three-year basis, with the club having the option to enforce an additional 12 months.
Ajax are likely to finalise the move after his side’s showdown against PSV Eindhoven in the KNVB Cup final on April 17, with Ten Hag remaining in charge until the end of the current Eredivisie campaign.