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Conor McGregor doubles down on desire to buy Man Utd

Tom Gott
Conor McGregor wants to buy Manchester United
Conor McGregor wants to buy Manchester United / Handout/Getty Images

UFC icon Conor McGregor has again stressed his desire to buy Manchester United from the Glazer family.

The unpopular Glazers have been repeatedly urged to sell the club by frustrated fans who have made their feelings known with numerous protests in the wake of United's proposed involvement in the Super League.

Shortly after the Super League announcement, McGregor sent fans into a frenzy by admitting on Twitter that he was thinking of buying United (as if it's just that simple), and in a recent Q&A, he took the chance to talk up his potential ownership.

"I am certainly interested in acquiring a sports team at some stage!" he wrote. "Both Celtic and Man Utd are teams I like for sure. But I am open. I feel I could do big things for a club."

Ah yes, two very similar teams with similar price tags.

There are a lot of people out there who like United, but finding the kind of money needed to strike a deal is a totally different question.

The Glazers are not thought to be interested in selling and would demand a cool £4bn to even contemplate walking away from Old Trafford.

With a net worth of 'just' £34m (as per Forbes in 2020), McGregor might have a little bit of work to do to find the remaining £3.966bn needed to lodge an offer.

Dermot Desmond
McGregor claimed to have spoken with Desmond / Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

McGregor did reveal, however, that he had held talks over buying some shares of Celtic from majority owner Dermot Desmond, who first invested in the Scottish side back in the 1990s and actually held some shares in United before the Glazers turned up to Old Trafford.

As for United, the Glazers continue to plan for the future, with club co-chairman Joel recently writing to the fans to try and ease tensions between the American businessmen and the United supporters.