Musk says Manchester United purchase tweet was a joke
Elon Musk tweets that ‘I don’t buy any sports teams’, calling a viral post about his purchase of Manchester United football club a joke.
The world’s richest man is used to posting provocative statements on Twitter for fun and Musk was back when he told his more than 103 million followers: “Also, I’m buying Manchester United , you are welcome.”
The billionaire Tesla and CEO of SpaceX made the comment in response to another of his tweets, about support for the two main political parties in the United States.
The 51-year-old, who is embroiled in a lawsuit over his bid to buy Twitter, was later asked on the platform if he was serious about owning Manchester United.
“No, that’s a longtime joke on Twitter. I don’t buy any sports teams,” Musk replied, after his original tweet garnered nearly 500,000 likes within hours.
“Although, if it was any team, it would be Man U. They were my favorite team when I was a kid.”
Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in world football but suffering from a protracted crisis, is owned by the Glazer family. They were targeted by angry fans.
There was no immediate reaction from United or its owners to Musk’s tweets.