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'Elon Musk wants to buy Manchester United,' he quips

On Wednesday, Elon Musk, the world's richest person, tweeted that he was buying Manchester United. Minutes later, he clarified that it was only a joke.

In spite of being one of the world’s most successful soccer clubs, Manchester United is struggling in England’s Premier League. A number of fans and investors are asking if the American Glazer family should sell the club after eight coaches came and went in less than 10 years.

Enter the billionaire CEO of Tesla.

“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 [you’re] welcome,” the 51-year-old said in a tweet to his 103 million followers.

The Glazers have been accused of underinvesting in the club by some of the club's fans, who have previously urged Musk on Twitter to consider purchasing the club. After winning 20 English league titles, United won their last one in 2013.

A tweet by Musk on the club's main Twitter account had racked up more than 500,000 "likes" within six hours; some users, however, did not take it seriously, comparing it to Musk's unsuccessful attempt to buy Twitter.

17 August 2022


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