Fans react to Apple Man United takeover rumours

“It’s Mac-Chester United at iOld Trafford!” Fans have responded with hilarious tweets to rumors Apple is interested in buying Man United from the Glazer family in a £5.8billion deal… some are ecstatic about being the richest club in the world, but most believe it not

Fans have reacted with confusion and amusement to reports that Manchester United could be bought out by US tech giant Apple.

Potential investors are starting to emerge after United’s American owners, the Glazer family, announced this week that the club, valued at over £5bn, could be sold.

A report in the Daily Star claimed the makers of the iPhone and MacBook could make a £5.8 billion takeover bid.

Tech giant Apple could reportedly buy out Manchester United for £5.8bn

Tech giant Apple could reportedly buy out Manchester United for £5.8bn

United would become the richest club in the world in one fell swoop if Apple - worth over £2 trillion - bought them

United would become the richest club in the world in one fell swoop if Apple – worth over £2 trillion – bought them

No doubt Apple would seek to capitalize on the many commercial opportunities that would come from owning a sports team, despite having no experience running one.

Quite a few United fans liked the prospect of owning a company worth around £2.4 trillion, which in one fell swoop made them the wealthiest club in world football.

“I’d take Apple” and “Make it happen” were just two of the positive posts on Twitter, suggesting some fans might prefer Tim Cook and his California-based company that controls the wallets.

The Glazers confirmed this week they are ready to sell United after 17 years at the club

The Glazers confirmed this week they are ready to sell United after 17 years at the club

Other fans responded with a healthy dose of humour, suggesting that a rebranded ‘Mac-Chester United’ would henceforth be known as ‘iReds’ and play home games at ‘iOld Trafford’ or ‘iPhone Stadium’.

A hilarious tweet from a United supporter hinted that signings would be unveiled in the style of Apple’s much-anticipated keynotes revealing new gadgets.

Unsurprisingly, some United fans took the opportunity to glimpse bitter rivals Liverpool, whose American owners are also inviting investment or a takeover.

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“We have Apple, INEOS, Dubai, Amazon and other big players looking to buy Manchester United. Meanwhile Liverpool has been up for sale over there for almost two weeks and not a peep,” read a tweet.

“And Primark is buying Liverpool,” reads another spike post.

Another points out United’s £2 trillion fortune under Apple would dwarf those of the Saudi Arabian owners of Newcastle United and the Abu Dhabi regime in Manchester City.

Other tweets suggested that a buyout could attract many United fans to Apple’s lineup.

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“If Apple buys Manchester United I will finally switch to an iPhone,” said another, while another said, “I could buy an old iPhone 10 Hag.”

Others, of course, were more pessimistic about the prospect, writing that United “will be sold down the river” and “I don’t think this is going to end well”.

It came after the Glazer family, who have owned United since 2005, said this week they were looking at “strategic alternatives” which could mean additional outside investment or the sale of the club.

The Glazers want at least £5bn for United but interest has still been reported from Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe, investors from Dubai and another big company at Amazon.

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Maureen Mackey

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