Manchester United fans are really desperate for the club to sign Borrusia Dortmund and England Star Jason Sancho testament to their latest action. The club is yet to sign the player because they have refuse to meet the £108m asking price of the Bundesliga club even if personal terms and agent fees have all been agreed. The club have only sanctioned one acquisition so far in an otherwise quite transfer window – the £35m signing of Donny Van de Beek from Ajax.
The dissatisfaction among fans has gone to a whole new level and they have decided to take matters into their hand by setting up a GoFundMe account targeted at raising the £108m transfer fee so they can have their man. A GoFundMe is an American nonprofit crowd funding platform that allows people to raise money collectively for varieties of events and Old Trafford faithfuls are taking advantage of it to ensure that their Sancho dream is realized.
How did the initiative start? Can they do it? How much do they have so far?. Let me guide you through answers to those questions:
How Did The Initiative Start?
Based on my findings, the initiative was started by a UK based Manchester Untied fan who goes by the name Ryan on twitter. He made a tweet which went viral at about 4:45pm yesterday. Below are the contents of the tweet.
There were mixed reactions to his tweet as some thought it was pointless raising money for an already rich club while others supported it. A few hours after his tweet the GoFundMe was set up by one Mathew Kelley and fans started donating.
The description of the fundraiser below explains just how every fan feels:
How many Fans Do They Have?
The answers to that question can be very relative. If we go by the total number of united fans worldwide, a research by global market research agency Kantar in 2019 showed that united have about 1.1 billion fans. If every one of this fans should donate £1, that would way exceed the transfer fee but of course that is not practical.
If we decide to go by how many followers they have on twitter, the club’s official twitter account has just 23million followers and even if all of them were to donate, it would not be enough.
How Much Have They Donated So Far?
As at the time of this writing, there had been only 9 donations made so far and the total money they donated was £75.
Can They Achieve It?
Below are screenshots of their donation history so far:
Going by the history above, individuals are putting in way more than the purported £1 and at that rate, less than 80% of United’s 23million twitter followers can raise that money. But the fundraiser was set up about 16 hours ago and has just 9 donations which is proof that not many fans are interested. At this rate, raising the money is an impossibility and it would be a miracle if it was realized.