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Reactions to Elon Musk’s plans to buy Manchester United

The football world is abuzz after the world’s richest man Elon Musk said that he was buying Manchester United.

Musk, sent the football world into meltdown on Wednesday morning with just one sentence.

“Also, I’m buying Manchester United ur welcome,” he tweeted.

The Red Devils finished last season in sixth place in the English Premier League, but have gotten off to a rocky start this year and are currently for the first time sitting at the bottom of the EPL table in 30 years.

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Over the weekend, they were humiliated by Brentford by conceding four goals in the first half away from home in their Premier League history.

The demolition was Brentford’s first win over United in all competitions since a 2-0 victory in the FA Cup in February 1938. Former Ajax boss Ten Hag becomes the first United manager in over 100 years to lose his first two matches.

United which has a cult-like following in Kenya, is currently led by the six children of late American businessman Malcolm Glazer, who took a controlling stake in the franchise in 2005.

The English club is one of the most famous names in world football but is currently in crisis on the field amid angry calls from fans for the club’s current owners, to pull out.

United which has more than 32 million followers on its main Twitter account saw Musk’s tweet garner nearly 420,000 ‘likes’ on the platform within four hours.

The Glazers have refused to sell the club on multiple occasions in the past, but the dire situation at Old Trafford could finally convince them to change their mind with Musk’s billions.

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However, Musk has a long history of trolling fans on Twitter – including plenty of previous jokes about buying companies.

He is currently attempting to back out of a US$44billion deal to buy Twitter.

Some disgruntled United fans had previously urged Musk to consider buying the club rather than Twitter.

In early reactions on Tuesday, some users mockingly compared Musk’s latest tweet with his run at Twitter or seemed to consider it no more than a joke, while others expressed hope it was true.

Here’s how the world reacted to Musks’s tweet:

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