UFC legend Conor McGregor has said he would do “big things” with Manchester United if he bought the club.
The Premier League club is owned by the American Glazer family, which fans have been protesting against since their leveraged buyout in 2005. Protests have increased in the last few weeks following the announcement of the failed European Super League.
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The ESL was announced on April 19th and caused widespread anger across the world of football. April 20th McGregor tweeted: “Hey guys, I’m thinking of buying Manchester United! What do you think?”
The UFC fighter was asked by a fan on twitter whether he still intended to buy the club.
“To be honest, there was a conversation about Celtic first. To buy shares in Dermot Desmond.” he answered.
“I’m definitely interested in winning a sports team at some point! Both Celtic and Man United are teams that I definitely like. But I’m open. I feel like I could do great things for a club.”
However, any takeover bid from McGregor would require additional funding with that Independent estimate of his net worth anywhere between £ 120- £ 180 million to $ 300 million. Forbes estimates United at £ 3 billion.
United fans have expressed strong opposition to their property in recent weeks, including breaking into the Carrington training ground, breaking into the Old Trafford pitch and postponing their game against Liverpool and boycotting club sponsors.
United owner Joel Glazer released a statement to apologize to fans right after the ESL debacle in April and followed suit on May 7 with another open letter saying he cares “deeply” about the club.
“I would like to assure you that my family and I are very dear to Manchester United and have a deep sense of responsibility to protect and strengthen its strength over the long term while respecting its values and traditions,” said the letter released on Friday .
“Our top priority is and will remain to compete for the most important trophies and play fun football with a team made up of highly skilled recruits and some of the world’s best talent. Under Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer]We feel absolutely on the right track. “