Conor McGregor, Manchester United owner? It couldn’t happen, could it?

As Florentino Perez’s Super League dream imploded on Tuesday night, news emerged from Manchester United — one of the 12 teams to make a dramatic U-turn — that Ed Woodward would be standing down.

The former accountant turned Red Devil executive vice-chairman’s role in both the formation of the controversial league and United’s temporary involvement left him with little other option.

And the UFC superstar seized the opportunity to revel in the drama with a tongue-in-cheek tweet to his 8.6 million Twitter followers: “Hey guys, I’m thinking about buying Manchester United! What do you think?”

The tweet went down well as fans looked for some light relief in an arduous week.

From training in Crumlin to Carrington training ground, the week that saw a Super League approved and then axed could take another unthinkable twist.

But could McGregor actually buy Man United?

On April 13, Forbes valued United at £3.05bn (€3.51m), which placed them as the fourth most valuable club in the world.

It was the first time that they had fallen out of the top three since the ratings began in 2007, with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich all valued above United.

United’s recent announcement that they would be joining the Super League — with JP Morgan ready to bankroll the competition with a €5 billion injection — saw their share price spike on the New York stock exchange by more than €207m.

The Red Devils were set to inherit a huge €295m just for signing up as a founding club.

Ed Woodward resigns as executive vice-chairman of Manchester United amid Super League backlash.

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But since the back-out decision, the club’s share price has fallen by 6 per cent as of yesterday.

In short, no. At least, not by himself.

Dubliner McGregor has been fighting in the UFC since 2013 and has participated in eight PPV fights during this time.

In 2017, he stepped into the boxing ring with Floyd Mayweather and banked a cool €70.3m after tax upon signing the contract.

McGregor has a brand outside MMA and earns through his endorsements with Beats by Dre, Monster Energy, EA, Burger King and Reebok.

The 32-year-old also owns the Irish whisky brand, Proper No.12, which Forbes estimates has brought in a huge €40m.

McGregor is set to earn even more money when his trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier goes ahead in July.

But if he was to step away from fighting right now his net worth stands at an estimated €209m.

It’s an absolutely huge amount, but in terms of buying a football club — especially one the size and stature of United — it’s a mere drop in the ocean.

What’s more, Woodward — who will continue in his role until the end of the season — has been firm on the club’s stance on selling in recent years.

A rumoured takeover bid from Saudi Arabian royalty emerged in 2019, for instance, but this was knocked back.

McGregor is actually a Manchester United fan and opened up on his affiliation with United in an interview with the club’s official website earlier this year.

He said: “I was more a player than a watcher back then, but Manchester United was my team.

“It was only the other day I came across an old picture of myself wearing that infamous grey United jersey, which I bought with my [First Holy] Communion money at eight years of age.

“I see my son when I look at that photo. I’d love to know where it is now. A truly ‘Notorious’ football jersey!

“I was attracted to the success and winning mentality of the club and people surrounded by United. Irish legends like Denis Irwin and Roy Keane were dedicated to their craft and had that winning mentality.

“Roy Keane was one of the best midfielders European football has ever seen. Opponents would be mentally beaten before they’d even stepped on to the pitch to face him.

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“Then they had the don of football at the helm, the legendary Alex Ferguson. To have that much success over such a long period is remarkable and something I continue to aspire to.”

However, McGregor also claimed his love for Liverpool in 2017 as he told fans: “I’m red… f*** Everton.”

But when it comes to the club-versus-country debate, McGregor is clear.

When asked in a Q&A with his sponsors Betsafe whether he’d rather Liverpool lift the Premier League or Ireland win the World Cup, the Dublin fighter said: “Ireland winning the World Cup!”

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