Elon Musk claims he is ‘buying Manchester United’
Elon Musk, the eccentric CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, tweeted on Tuesday that he was “buying Manchester United” as one of football’s most famous clubs began its Premier League season in turmoil.
Musk made this observation in a series of tweets in which he joked about who supports him politically. Then came a tweet about the Red Devils.
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“Also, I’m buying Manchester United, you’re welcome.”
The comment sparked some interesting reactions on social media.
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It’s unclear if Musk is serious, but adding more fuel to the chaotic start to the 2022-23 season that Manchester United have already gone through wasn’t exactly what they likely needed.
Manchester United started the season with a 2-1 loss to Brighton earlier this month and then last weekend were eliminated by Brentford 4-0. The squad includes players from all over the world such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford and they have not won a Premier League game since May.
The team has not won away from Old Trafford against Premier League opponents since March. The club has not finished first in the league since 2013.
Moreover, reports earlier on Tuesday indicated that Cristiano Ronaldo has been allowed to search for a new club as the transfer window nears its end.
Ronaldo responded to these rumors in an Instagram post, saying that the media were “lying”.
Manchester United is the ownership group that controls the club. Joel and Avi Glazer are co-chairs of the club. The Glazer family also owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL.
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According to Forbes, Manchester United is said to be worth about $4.6 billion. Amid fan protests last year, the Glazer family reportedly set the asking price at around $4 billion. The family bought the club in 2005 for more than $956 million.