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Elon Musk Tweeted He Is Buying Manchester United Football Club

Elon Musk tweeted on Tuesday evening, August 16, 2022, that he is purchasing the Manchester United football club.

Although it was unclear whether the eccentric billionaire, who is currently embroiled in a legal battle over his bid to purchase Twitter, was serious.

Musk has a reputation for being unconventional and sending out irreverent tweets, making it difficult to tell when he is joking.

The 51-year-old Tesla and SpaceX CEO, who enjoys making provocative statements on social media, replied to an earlier tweet about supporting both of America's major political parties, saying, "Also, I'm buying Manchester United ur welcome."

Elon Musk Tweeted He Is Buying Manchester United

According to Forbes, tech's most eccentric billionaire tweeted that he was purchasing the English soccer team Manchester United for $4.6 billion.

As with anything Musk says, the tweet quickly gained traction among Manchester United fans, with some expressing hope and excitement that the Tesla CEO could help the team get out of its slump.

"I'm buying Manchester United your welcome," Musk tweeted. The billionaire later stated that he was joking when he stated his intention to purchase an English soccer club.

“No, this is a long-running joke on Twitter. I’m not buying any sports teams,” Musk said when asked by a user if he was serious about buying Manchester United.

The tweet turnaround comes as Musk seeks to back out of a $44 billion deal to buy Twitter, only four months after announcing on the platform that he would buy the social media company, which has sued him.

Musk has a reputation for being unconventional and sending out irreverent tweets, making it difficult to tell when he is joking.

"Next, I'm going to buy Coca-Cola to put the cocaine back in," he tweeted on April 27, two days after Twitter's board of directors accepted his unsolicited offer to buy the company.

The tweet turnaround comes as Musk seeks to back out of a $44 billion deal to buy Twitter, only four months after announcing on the platform that he would buy the social media company, which has sued him.

Musk has a reputation for being unconventional and sending out irreverent tweets, making it difficult to tell when he is joking.

"Next, I'm going to buy Coca-Cola to put the cocaine back in," he tweeted on April 27, two days after Twitter's board of directors accepted his unsolicited offer to buy the company.

The SEC did not respond immediately to a request for comment on Musk's tweet that he was purchasing the club after regular business hours.

Aside from joking about purchasing a Premier League club, Musk is facing a legal battle with Twitter.

Musk offered to buy Twitter for $44 billion earlier this year but later tried to back out of the deal, claiming the social media company was infested with more "spam bots" and fake accounts than previously disclosed.

Manchester United Reaction

Elon Musk wearing black coat on the left with Manchester United Football Club logo on the right
Elon Musk wearing black coat on the left with Manchester United Football Club logo on the right

Manchester United, a legendary English football club, is currently led by the six children of late American businessman Malcolm Glazer, who purchased a controlling stake in the club in 2005.

The team's stock on the New York Stock Exchange is down year to date, but it closed flat on Tuesday with a market capitalization of $2.1 billion.

The Glazer family also owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a Florida NFL team.

Musk's tweet received no immediate response from the club or its owners.

Manchester United fans have criticized the club's management for the team's poor performance in recent years, as well as their involvement in a plan to establish a new "Super League" of Europe's wealthiest clubs.

The Red Devils finished sixth in the English Premier League last season, but have had a shaky start this season.

Manchester United is dead last in the Premier League after two straight defeats, including a humiliating 0-4 defeat at Brentford last weekend - the first time in 30 years.

More protests are planned against the Glazer family's ownership of the club ahead of United's next home game against Liverpool on August 22.

However, given the team's current performance, Elon Musk has confirmed that he will not be purchasing Manchester United.

He admitted publicly that he was only joking. A reaction that will break the hearts of many fans who believed his remark.

At the very least, his tweet made headlines, and Manchester United fans were trolled once more.

Elon Musk, the world's richest man, recently sold nearly $7 billion in Tesla stock and is embroiled in a major legal battle in the US state of Delaware over his failed bid to buy Twitter.

Conclusion

Elon Musk Tweeted about buying Manchester United Football Club has indeed shocked the internet.

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, needs to find a new joke to amuse himself.

For example, joking that he's buying billion-dollar corporations is getting old.

Even if he were serious, we all know how quickly the world's richest man can change his mind.

Even before Musk clarified that his offer to buy Manchester United was a joke, some fans were skeptical given Musk's history of making similar jokes online.

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