Elon Musk tweeted on Tuesday that “I am not shopping for any sports activities groups”, calling a viral submit about him buying Manchester United a joke.
The world’s richest man has a behavior of posting provocative statements on Twitter for enjoyable and Musk was at it once more when he advised his greater than 103 million followers: “Additionally, I am shopping for Manchester United ur welcome.”
The billionaire Tesla and SpaceX CEO made the remark in reply to a different of his tweets, about supporting each of america’ two main political events.
The 51-year-old, who’s embroiled in a lawsuit over his bid to purchase Twitter, was subsequently requested on the platform if he was critical about proudly owning Manchester United.
“No, it is a long-running joke on Twitter. I am not shopping for any sports activities groups,” Musk replied, after his authentic tweet garnered practically 500,000 “likes” in a matter of hours.
“Though, if it have been any staff, it could be Man U. They have been my fav staff as a child.”
Manchester United, one of many largest golf equipment in world soccer however struggling a protracted stoop, are owned by the Glazer household. They’ve been focused by indignant followers.
There was no speedy response from United or its homeowners to Musk’s tweets.
Shares of the staff listed on the New York Inventory Change are down 12 months thus far, however ended Tuesday flat, with a market capitalization of $2.1 billion.
Regardless of calling it a joke, Musk’s tweet may land him in bother with US regulators.
The Glazers are the main focus of fan fury after the staff’s dramatic fall from grace.
The Individuals additionally personal the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, an NFL franchise in Florida.
United followers have protested in opposition to the staff’s senior administration for poor performances in recent times, in addition to their involvement in a plan to start out a brand new “Tremendous League” of Europe’s richest groups.
The Purple Devils completed final season a lowly sixth within the English Premier League.
United have made one other poor begin to the marketing campaign underneath their new coach Erik ten Hag and are backside of the desk after two defeats in as many video games.
Contemporary protests in opposition to the Glazers are deliberate forward of United’s subsequent recreation, at residence to fierce rivals Liverpool on August 22.
Musk, who not too long ago offered practically $7 billion value of Tesla shares, is in a significant authorized battle within the US state of Delaware over his aborted plan to purchase Twitter.
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