“Also I buy Manchester United your welcome,” Musk told his 103 million followers on Twitterwithout giving details.

Hours later — and after several news articles emerged about his bold claim — Musk clarified that it was all a joke.

“No, that’s a longtime joke on Twitter. I don’t buy any sports teams,” he said after being asked by a user if he was serious about buying.

Asked about Musk’s tweet, a Manchester United (MANUAL) The spokesperson told CNN Business that “we do not comment on rumors and speculation.”

Shares of Manchester United, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, initially soared after hours on Tuesday after the tweet, but retreated from their gains. The stock was still up about 3% in early trading Wednesday.

According to Forbes, Manchester United is worth $4.6 billion. Controlled by the Glazer family, who also own the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise, Manchester United are one of the biggest football clubs in the world, but they haven’t won the English Premier League title since 2013.
During his 13 years on Twitter, the platform has become an important part of Musk’s personal brand. It’s a place where he communicates about his business ventures, lashes out at people he sees as critics, makes emotional comments about cryptocurrencies, and occasionally shares memes.

He even joked in a 2019 tweet, “Some people use their hair to express themselves, I use Twitter.”

However, Musk’s tweets about Tesla got him into hot water, repeatedly, with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. His feud with the SEC dates back to his now infamous tweet from 2018 stating, “I’m considering taking Tesla $420 private. Financing assured.

The nine-word tweet sent Tesla shares soaring at the time, but the SEC later accused it of misleading investors. Musk and regulators eventually reached an agreement that included, among other provisions, a requirement that Musk obtain prior approval from other Tesla executives before tweeting about the company.

The billionaire’s tweets about Manchester United come at a time when he is trying to end his $44 billion acquisition of the social platform. Twitter sued him for his attempt to terminate the agreement.

— Robert Mclean contributed to this story.



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