Billionaire Elon Musk was joking when he said he was going to buy English football club Manchester United, the entrepreneur said on Twitter on Wednesday.
“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 the club.
Musk is known for his unconventional and irreverent tweets. It was unclear whether he intended to pursue a deal to acquire Manchester United, one of the most famous names in world soccer but currently in crisis on the field due to angry fan calls for a change in ownership.
No, this is a long-running joke on Twitter. I’m not buying any sports teams.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 17, 2022
“I’m buying Manchester United ur welcome,” Musk said in a tweet.
Musk’s post was a follow-on comment to a previous tweet: “To be clear, I support the left half of the Republican Party and the right half of the Democratic Party!”
Also, I’m buying Manchester United ur welcome— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 17, 2022
The CEO of electric car giant Tesla made the remark on United, who has won the Premier League a record 20 times but had a nightmare start to the 2022-2023 season.
United, one of the world’s most well-known and widely supported teams, is rooted at the bottom of the English Premier League after losing their first two games, having failed to adequately rebuild a squad that performed comparatively poorly last season over the summer.
Manchester United is controlled by the American Glazer family. Glazers, who have faced widespread fan opposition to their stewardship since acquiring the club in 2005 for 790 million pounds ($957 million), were prepared to sell, but only if they were offered in excess of 4 billion pounds. Dissatisfaction among fans at the Glazers’ perceived lack of ambition to bring in top players intensified after the club finished sixth in the English Premier League last season – while crosstown rivals Manchester City won a second successive title.