BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND: Another one of Elon Musk’s tweets has the internet scratching its head in confusion. Musk is the richest person in the world. The internet magnate made the claim in a series of tweets that he was in the process of purchasing the English football team Manchester United. Elon Musk posted a message on Twitter that read, “Also, I’m buying Manchester United ur welcome.” Fans of the legendary club are reacting to this news with shock and astonishment, while some are encouraging Musk to move forward with his plans.
After having a terrible beginning to the 2022–2023 season, the squad is currently in a precarious situation. The previous Saturday, they suffered a crushing setback when they were defeated 4-0 away at Brentford. As of Tuesday, the value of the football club’s market capitalization stood at $2.08 billion. Court proceedings have been initiated against Musk as he attempts to back out of a $44 billion agreement to purchase Twitter. Forbes estimates his worth at $270B. However, after a few hours had passed, Musk admitted that he had been joking when he stated that he was going to purchase the squad. The tweet from the owner of the Tesla read, “No, this has been a running joke on Twitter for quite some time. I won’t be purchasing any sports teams at this time. In spite of this, if it were a team, it would be Manchester United.” He continued by saying, “When I was a youngster, they were my favorite team.” It is tough to determine if he is kidding or not because he has a history of publishing tweets that are disrespectful.
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Since Alex Ferguson was United’s great manager, the club hasn’t been able to win the English league championship in quite some time. The team is currently trailing their crosstown rival Manchester City, who has won four of the last five titles. This summer, Manchester United will give star forward Cristiano Ronaldo permission to leave the club if he can find another club that is interested in buying him. The team started the season by losing their first two games and has been unable to effectively rebuild a roster that did very poorly last season over the course of the past two months. As a result, the team is currently stuck at the bottom of the English Premier League. Fans have voiced their disapproval of the American Glazer family’s ownership of the club, which they say they paid $955.51 million for in 2005. The Glazer family controls the franchise.
Musk had made an offer to purchase Twitter in April that was somewhere in the neighborhood of $41 billion (£31 billion), but United fans wanted him to spend his money on their struggling team instead. After Manchester United were embroiled in a contentious but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to organize a breakaway European Super League, the anti-Glazer campaign gained steam over the course of the previous year. Over the course of the past year, the value of its New York-listed shares has decreased by 24 percent. The Glazers, who have been met with considerable fan resistance to their administration of the club ever since they purchased it, reportedly stated that they were prepared to sell the team, but that they would only do so if an offer in excess of $4.85 billion was presented to them. It is unknown whether or not Musk intends to pursue a purchase at this time. Within the space of just six hours, his message had already received more than 500,000 likes on the network.
Earlier this year, United supporter and broadcaster Andy Goldstein encouraged Twitter buyer Elon Musk to reconsider his bid to purchase Twitter and instead purchase the Old Trafford club. He said, “Elon, Elon. Cancel the deal that you made. Buy Manchester United. Invest two billion pounds in the very finest players in the world. You should win everything. After that, you should brag about it on Twitter.” One supporter even went to the trouble of making fake United shirts that had Tesla’s logo on the front of the garment. The Manchester United Fans Club in Kolkata issued the following statement: “Elon and his tweets are nothing more than marketing ploys. Despite the fact that it would have been fantastic if he really invested 1/10th of what he paid for Twitter to purchase this historical club, the entirety of the fan base is sick and tired of the Glazers.”