Musk tweets mocking Manchester United buyout

London- Elon Musk caused a stir by tweeting that he was buying English football team Manchester United – whose current owner is opposed by many fans – then said several hours later that it was a joke.

It comes as the billionaire Tesla CEO faced a legal battle in the US after he withdrew from a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion. He is a prolific user of the platform, often raving about social issues or joking with his 103 million followers and occasionally gets into trouble with US regulators.

Earlier on Wednesday, Musk sent out a tweet about his political affiliations and then added in a second tweet: “Also, I’m buying your welcome to Manchester United.”

It came as shocking news to the world of Manchester United – although many are welcome – after nearly a decade of subpar performances.

Asked by a follower if he was serious, Musk later tweeted, “No, this is a long-running joke on Twitter. I’m not buying a sports team.”

This wasn’t Musk’s first joke about buying the popular franchise. In April, he tweeted, “Next I’m buying Coca-Cola to bring back cocaine.” He mentioned in the source about Manchester United that Coca-Cola’s tweet was also a joke.

Musk previously ran for tweets from the US Securities and Exchange Commission claiming he had funding to take Tesla private in 2018, prompting the electric vehicle maker’s share price to jump. This led to a securities fraud settlement that required his tweets to be approved by a Tesla attorney before they could be published.

He now faces more legal trouble over the deal to buy Twitter, which he negotiated in April. Musk sold about $8.5 billion worth of Tesla shares to help fund the buyout and garnered a diverse group of other investors to back him.

The deal fell apart last month when Musk said Twitter refused to give him enough information about the number of fake accounts on the platform. Twitter could have tried to make him pay the $1 billion breakup fee he agreed to, but is instead suing to force him to complete the purchase. The case is to be heard in Delaware in October.

Musk, with his limitless ability to buy the best football players in the world, will be a welcome prospect for many Man United fans who want to see the club back at the top of the game.

Man United were arguably the greatest team in world football under manager Alex Ferguson, winning 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies. But since Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, the team has struggled to win the trophy.

Last season, United finished 35 points behind the club’s local rivals – champions Manchester City – and there were protests against the team’s American owners, the Glazer family.

Many supporters in the club’s vast international fanbase have opposed the Glazers since they took control in 2005, as they financed the takeover by putting the club in debt for the first time in decades.

The latest low came on Saturday when United lost 4-0 to a small West London side Brentford, who were promoted to the Premier League in 2021. It was United’s second straight defeat to start the season, leaving it in last place in 20-. Team Premier League.

The Manchester United Supporters Trust fan group, known as MUST, condemned the owners after last weekend’s match.

“What we’ve seen tonight is an embarrassment – no, an insult – to Manchester United fans. And yet in many ways it was no surprise. It feels like the culmination of a long-term direction of travel.” The fan club said in a statement. “This new low in our decade of decline must be largely to blame for the club owners.”

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